Twenty Islamic State members killed in operation, west of Anbar

One of the Islamic State’s members inside a tunnel.

Anbar ( Twenty Islamic State members were killed in an operation, that targeted three secret tunnels used by the group, west of Anbar, a leader with the mobilization forces said on Friday.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, Qutri al-Obeidi, from the mobilization troops in Anbar, said “security troops carried out an operation in al-Hussainiyat region in Hit town, west of Anbar. Three secret tunnels used by the militant group were destroyed.”

The operation, according to Obeidi, “left twenty militants, including foreigners, killed.”

Late August, 10 security personnel were killed, while 14 others were injured in an attack by a booby-trapped car in Qaim town, west of the province. The militant group later claimed responsibility for it.

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.

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.

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.

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