Diyala (IraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have killed two Islamic State members, repelling an attack carried out, northeast of Diyala, a security source said on Monday.
Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source said “troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) managed, today, to repulse an attack by Islamic State members, carried out in the desert of Udhaim region, northeast of Diyala.”
The troops, according to the source, “killed two militants and destroyed the vehicle they were on board.”
The source denied any security danger against the region.
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.
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.
A total of 75 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 179 others were injured due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in September 2018, according to casualty figures by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
In December, Iraq announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.