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Three Islamic State members killed in security operation, west of Anbar

Iraqi soldiers carry weapons during an operation against Islamic State militants in the neighbourhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul, Iraq, December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Three Islamic State members were killed, while a secret tunnel was destroyed, west of Anbar near borders with Syria, a security source from the province said on Sunday.

Speaking to BasNews, the source said “information from the intelligence department enabled security troops to carry out a military operation that targeted a rest house of Islamic State in Qaim town, west of Anbar on the borders with Syria, leaving three militants killed and a secret tunnel, they use, destroyed.”

Troops, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, “carried out the operation in search for hideouts and tunnels used by the militants as shelter.”

The source also highlighted necessity of deploying more military troops to eradicate the infiltration of militants.

On Last week, five Islamic State members were killed in a security campaign in desert regions, in Wadi Houran, west of Anbar.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.



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