(MENAFN- AzerNews) Four Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Friday in an
operation in Iraq's western province of Anbar, the Iraqi military
said in a statement, Azernews reports citing Al Arabiya.
Acted on intelligence reports, a paramilitary force from the
Sunni Arab tribes, affiliated with the government-backed Hashid
Shaabi forces, carried out an operation in the desert area and
clashed with the extremist militants, leaving four IS militants
killed, according to the statement issued by the Security Media
Cell, a media outlet affiliated with the Iraqi Joint Operations
The force destroyed a vehicle used by IS militants and seized
another, the statement said.
IS militants are still active in the vast Anbar desert that
stretches to the Iraqi borders with neighboring countries of Syria,
Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. They are infiltrating Iraq from Syria
across the nearly 600 km border in an attempt to regroup again.
Over the past months, Iraqi security forces have carried out
operations to crack down on extremist militants' intensified
The security situation in Iraq has improved since the defeat of
the IS in 2017. However, IS remnants have since sneaked into urban
centers, deserts, and rugged areas, carrying out frequent guerilla
attacks against security forces and civilians.
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