Diyala (IraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have killed two Islamic State members, as they were heading toward Diyala province, a security source said on Monday.
Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source said “al-hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) managed to kill two Islamic State militants as they were trying to escape through Hamreen mountains and head toward Diyala.”
Security troops, according to the source, “are deployed along the defense lines in the western desert to repel any potential attack by the militants.”
Earlier today, news reports said PMFs launched a military operation in Hamreen Mountains, destroying the Islamic Sate’s Saad Ibn Abi Waqqas camp.
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 90 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 117 others were injured due to acts of violence and terrorism during the month of August, according to the monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).