Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Three Islamic State members, including a senior leader, were killed in a security operation, north of Ramadi, Anbar, a source was quoted saying on Tuesday.
Speaking to BasNews website, the source said, Anbar police “managed to destroy a rest house in al-Bou Theyab region, north of Ramadi, leaving three suicide attackers, including Omar Safwak, known as al-Chichani.”
“Troops destroyed a huge amount of weapons and explosives that were at the rest house, where the attackers were hiding,” the source said.
Security forces, according to the source, “will continue the operations in search for other hideouts for the militants in the al-Jazeera desert.”
Earlier today, news reports quoted sources as saying that 400 IS members managed to sneak from Syria into the Iraqi province of Anbar as they currently plan to resume their terrorist activities from there.
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.
Abadi announced in December full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members. However, 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.
Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, have been fighting to retake territories Islamic State had occupied.