Clashes between Iraqi forces and Daesh leave 7 dead


Updated on February 21, 2021

Clashes between Iraqi forces and Daesh leave 7 dead

  • The new raid comes nearly a month to the day after two suicide bombers killed more than 30 people in the crowded Tayaran Square, the bloodiest such attack in Baghdad in three years.

TARMIYAH: Iraqi security forces clashed with Daesh north of Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least five extremists and two security personnel.
A joint force of army troops and state-sponsored tribal fighters attacked an Daesh hideout in the verdant plains of Tarmiyah, according to an army statement.
“We had learned that Daesh was holding a meeting there to plan attacks against the capital Baghdad,” said Ahmad Salim, head of the Baghdad operations command, near the site of the fighting.
The ensuing clashes killed five Daesh terrorists and two pro-government tribal forces, according to the military statement.
Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi met with senior military commanders as troops combed fields and farmlands around Tarmiyah.
The new raid comes nearly a month to the day after two suicide bombers killed more than 30 people in crowded Tayaran Square, the bloodiest such attack in Baghdad in three years.
Security sources said the two terrorists had infiltrated the city from the north.
Days later, nearly a dozen Iraqi fighters from Hashed Al-Shaabi, a powerful network of state-sponsored groups, were killed in an Daesh ambush – also north of the capital.
Since then, security forces have intensified their efforts to drive out Daesh sleeper cells there, with Al-Kadhemi announcing the January 28 killing of Abu Yasser Al-Issawi, identified as the main IS figure in Iraq.
In early February, security forces killed another IS leader they said had helped transport the two bombers to Baghdad.
Iraq declared Daesh territorially defeated in late 2017 after a three-year fight aided by airstrikes and military advisers from the US-led coalition.
Daesh attacks in urban areas have declined significantly since then, but Iraqi troops have continued to fight sleeper cells in mountainous and desert areas of the country.

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