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Tribal fighter killed in gunmen attack west of Baghdad

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Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A tribal fighter was killed on Sunday when gunmen attacked him west of Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying.

Iraqi website Alghad Press quoted the source saying that unknown gunmen opened fire at a member of the Tribal Mobilization, a Sunni paramilitary force fighting extremist groups alongside the government,  in Ibrahim Benali, a neighborhood west of the capital, killing him immediately.

Violence and armed conflicts left 297 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of ِAugust, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq which excludes security members deaths. Baghdad was the most affected province with 45 deaths and 135 injuries.

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The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.

While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.

Some security observers believe that even after Islamic State’s main havens across Iraqi provinces are conquered, the group may still constitute a security threat through sleeper cells and lone wolf attacks. The Iraqi government is currently battling the group out of its last havens in Kirkuk and Anbar.

 


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