Irbil, Iraq (UNA-OIC) – Iraqi security forces killed 10 so-called Islamic State (IS) elements in an operation backed by the international coalition, west of northern Iraq’s city of Irbil, the country’s counter-terrorism agency said Wednesday.
In a statement, the agency said the Iraqi forces carried out the operation with the support of Iraqi and international coalition fighter jets. It added that the operation resulted in the killing of 10 Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL) elements, and destruction of nine hideouts, a warehouse of food and medicine used by the terrorist group.
The terrorist group has intensified its attacks in the past few months, particularly in the area between Kirkuk, Salahuddine and Diyala governorates.
Iraq announced in 2017 complete victory against ISIS, reclaiming all territories IS was controlling, or about one-third of Iraqi lands. The group still has sleeping cells and carries out sporadic attacks.
The Iraqi ministry of defense announced last April that 170 civilian and servicemen, as well as 135 Daesh elements were killed in clashes that occurred in January.