Iraqi forces kill ten Daesh militants in Salahuddin province
Iraqi government forces and allied militias take position on the side of a road in the northern part of Diyala province, bordering Salahuddin province, as they take part in an assault to retake the city of Tikrit from Daesh. (AFP/File)
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Chairman of the Security Committee in Diyala Council, Sadiq al-Husseini, said on Thursday that ten Daesh terrorists were killed as Iraqi troopers carried out three separate operations in the violence-wracked Salahuddin Province, Iraq’s al-Sumaria satellite TV network reported.
Husseini added that a Saudi national was among the slain terrorists, noting that Iraqi forces also destroyed seven vehicles used by the militants.
Meanwhile, some 500 tribesmen from the town of Abu Sayda, located 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, have also joined Iraqi security forces and volunteer Shia fighters to battle ISIL in Saladuddin. The fighters reportedly hail from twenty different tribes.
In another development on Thursday, the Daesh terrorists have abducted a tribal leader in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh.
A local source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the tribal leader, identified as Sheikh Abdul-Karim Mohsen al-Mariri, was taken hostage after Daesh members stormed his house south of the province. The source added that the fate and whereabouts of the abductee remain unknown.
Daesh started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily armed militants took control of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.
Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen are engaged in battles with the terrorists to drive them back from some areas they have under control.