Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Three Islamic State members, including a suicide attacker, were killed in Salahuddin, the Iraqi Defense Ministry announced on Friday.
In a statement, the ministry said, “the troops of Salahuddin Operations Command carried out a wide-scale campaign to inspect an island in west of Tikrit. This came after information showed presence of group of militants in villages of al-Jouza and al-Shiha.”
While inspection, seven rest houses were seized,” according to the statement. “Our troops deployed between al-Salman and al-Mashak, east of Makhoul mountains, noticed presence of militants there. Three of them, including a suicide attacker, were killed.”
Last month, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.
Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition, was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group.
The war against IS has displaced nearly five million people, with tens of thousands of civilians and militants killed since the launch of the offensives to recapture occupied cities.
Since then, forces took back the group’s former capital, Mosul, the town of Tal Afar, Kirkuk’s Hawija, and each of Annah, Rawa and Qaim in Anbar.