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Tribal figure killed in Islamic State attack against village, northeastern Diyala

A security checkpoint in Diyala


Diyala (IraqiNews.com) A tribal figure has been killed in an attack by Islamic State against a village in northeastern Diyala, a local source said on Thursday.

“IS members launched an attack in the evening against al-Awamer village, at the outskirts of Qurret Tabbah town, northeast of Diyala,” Rahim Aziz, head of the municipal council of the town, told Alghad Press. “The attack left a tribal figure from al-Jabour tribe killed.”

“Security troops managed to repulse the attack and follow the militants to outside the village,” the source said. “Tight security measures were taken, while the victim was transferred to forensic medicine department.”

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared, in July, victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.

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, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

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.

The war against IS has so far displaced at least five million people. Thousands of others fled toward neighboring countries including Syria, Turkey and other European countries, since IS emerged to proclaim its self-styled “caliphate”.


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