Iraqi se­cu­rity forces kill 22 ISIL rem­nants in Nin­eveh of­fen­sive

Tehran Times - - WORLD IN FOCUS -

Iraqi se­cu­rity forces have killed nearly two dozen mem­bers of the Tak­firi Is­lamic State in Iraq and the Le­vant (ISIL/Daesh) ter­ror­ist group dur­ing a clean-up oper­a­tion in the coun­try’s north­ern prov­ince of Nin­eveh as gov­ern­ment troops and al­lied fight­ers from Pop­u­lar Mo­bi­liza­tion Units (PMU/Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi) are en­gaged in of­fen­sives to purge the en­tire war-rav­aged coun­try of the ex­trem­ists.

Com­man­der of Nin­eveh Lib­er­a­tion Op­er­a­tions Ma­jor Gen­eral Na­jim Ab­dul­lah al-Jubouri said on Mon­day that se­cu­rity forces staged an am­bush and killed 22 ISIL Tak­firis west of Mo­sul, lo­cated some 400 kilo­me­ters (250 miles) north of the cap­i­tal Bagh­dad, af­ter a tip-off that a group of mil­i­tants had in­fil­trated into the area.

The de­vel­op­ment came only three days af­ter Iraq’s In­te­rior Min­istry an­nounced in a state­ment that six ISIL ter­ror­ists, in­clud­ing a woman, had been ar­rested in the same Iraqi prov­ince.

The state­ment noted that the ex­trem­ists were all on the Iraqi In­te­rior Min­istry’s list of wanted ter­ror­ists.

Two of them were cap­tured in Abu Maria vil­lage near Tal Afar, lo­cated 63 kilo­me­ters west of Mo­sul, while the rest were nabbed in dif­fer­ent parts of Mo­sul.

Last week, Iraqi se­cu­rity forces an­nounced that more than 20 ISIL ter­ror­ists had been killed in sev­eral se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions west of Mo­sul.

On De­cem­ber 9, 2017, Iraq’s Prime Min­is­ter Haider al-Abadi de­clared the end of mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions against the ISIL ter­ror­ist group in the coun­try.

“Our forces are in com­plete con­trol of the Iraqi-Syr­ian bor­der and I there­fore an­nounce the end of the war against Daesh (ISIL),” Abadi told a con­fer­ence in Bagh­dad then.

The Iraqi prime min­is­ter said on Au­gust 31 that Tal Afar and the en­tire Nin­eveh prov­ince had been purged of the ISIL Tak­firi ter­ror­ist group.

The re­cap­ture of Tal Afar was made pos­si­ble with the help of the Iraqi army, Fed­eral Po­lice, Counter-Ter­ror­ism Ser­vice units, pro-gov­ern­ment fight­ers from the Pop­u­lar Mo­bi­liza­tion Units and the In­te­rior Min­istry’s elite rapid re­sponse forces, Abadi stated.

On July 10, Abadi for­mally de­clared vic­tory over ISIL ter­ror­ists in Mo­sul, which served as the ter­ror­ists’ main ur­ban strong­hold in the con­flict-rid­den coun­try.

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