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6 IS militants killed in N Iraq


Three Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in a raid in Iraq’s nothern province of Nineveh on Friday, the government-backed Hashd Shaabi paramilitary force said in a statement.

A paramilitary unit stormed an IS hideout near the town of Hatra in the province and killed three IS militants inside, it said.

In the northern province of Kirkuk, an army force searched in the morning an IS hideout that was destroyed by an airstrike on Thursday in the rugged Wadi al-Shay area, southwest of the namesake provincial capital Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, according to a statement issued by the Security Media Cell, a media outlet affiliated with the Iraqi Joint Operations Command.

The troops found the bodies of three IS militants, as well as ammunition and hand grenades, the Security Media Cell statement said.

The security situation in Iraq has improved since the defeat of the IS in 2017. However, IS militants have since melted into urban centers, deserts and rugged areas, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians.

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