Iraqi Forces Fight Back After Spate of ISIS Attacks

Published March 26th, 2018 - 03:28 GMT
Iraqi soldiers hold a position (AFP/File Photo)
Iraqi soldiers hold a position (AFP/File Photo)

Iraqi forces on Monday began military operations against ISIS militants in eastern and northern Iraq following a spate of attacks by the terrorist group.

“The security situation is troubling in northeastern Diyala” in eastern Iraq, Police Capt. Habib al-Shimari said.

On Saturday, four people were killed in a ISISattack in al-Saadiya town, northeast of Diyala.

ISIS militants also attacked a patrol of the pro-government Hashd al-Shaabi militia in the area on Sunday, injuring two fighters.

"The Hashd al-Shaabi launched large-scale security operations on the outskirts of the town to hunt down ISIS militants in the area,” al-Shimari said.

Meanwhile, federal police forces launched a security operation south of Samarra in northern Iraq.

“Security forces destroyed several militant hideouts and seized caches of weapons during the operation,” First Lieutenant Ghassan al-Kanani said.

 

 

The operation came in the wake of a spate of attacks launched by ISIS militants against Shia shrines in the area.

Last December, officials in Baghdad declared that the ISIS terrorist group's military presence in Iraq had been all but dismantled.

It appears the notorious terrorist group, however, still maintains "sleeper cells" in certain parts of the country, including Diyala and the neighboring Saladin province.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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