Two Islamic State members killed before sneaking through desert region in Diyala

Iraqi government forces in Hamreen Mountains in Diyala.

Diyala ( Two Islamic State members were killed as they were trying to infiltrate through the desert region in Diyala province, a security source said on Saturday.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source said, “al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) managed, today, to kill two Islamic State members near al-Udhaim region in Diyala.”

The two militants, according to the source, “were planning to infiltrate through the northern desert region. They were killed before infiltration.”

On Friday, an Islamic State member, who admitted to killing seven people, was arrested in Diyala province.

Last week, security forces managed during operations to follow Islamic State militants in Hamreen and al-Nada basin, killing three militants and destroying 20 rest houses that contained explosives.

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.

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.

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