Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Thirteen security personnel, including a leader, were killed on Tuesday in an armed attack launched by Islamic State militants, west of Mosul, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported.
“Around 100 IS members launched an attack against military barracks and checkpoints of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) in the desert region of Tal Sufuk, west of Mosul, near Iraqi-Syrian borders,” Cap. Sabhan al-Wardi, of the army, said.
“Clashes occurred between both sides for an hour, before the militants retreated back to the depth of the desert after military reinforcements from the army joined the PMFs,” he added.
“PMFs lost 13 fighters, including leader known as Abu Jaafar al-Tayyar. Some of their machinery were highly damaged,” according to Wardi. “Two trucks of the militants were found destroyed with blood on them, however, no bodies of the militants were found, which indicates that the group took back its victims and injured before retreating.”
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced on Saturday full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members. The declaration came after Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah, commander of Upper Euphrates and Jazirah Combing Operations, announced liberation of all Iraqi lands from IS.
Abadi declared in July victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25,000 militants were killed throughout the campaign.
Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, have been fighting since October 2016 to retake territories Islamic State had occupied.