Safety forces killed an Islamic State commander and 4 fighters within the Hamrin Mountains space of northeast Iraq on Sunday, the navy mentioned.
Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition warplanes have been finishing up air strikes within the space, concentrating on militant hideouts, for 3 days.
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The elite Counter Terrorism Service and the navy’s operations command for Diyala province didn’t identify the commander however they mentioned in an announcement he was accountable for Islamic State forces in Hamrin.
He and 4 “followers” have been killed within the space northeast of Baquba, the provincial capital, on Sunday, it mentioned.
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Iraq declared victory over the group, which as soon as held giant swathes of the nation, in December 2017.
With its dream of a caliphate within the Center East now lifeless, Islamic State has switched to hit-and-run assaults aimed toward undermining the Baghdad authorities.
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The militants regrouped within the Hamrin mountain vary within the northeast, which extends from Diyala province, on the border with Iran, northwest to the River Tigris in Kirkuk province.