Iraqi forces kill 16 Islamic State militants in Kirkuk

A commando from the Iraqi Counterterrorism Service (CTS) carried out an operation against militants of the extremist group Islamic State (IS) in the province of Kirkuk, in northern Iraq, killing 16 militants of the ‘IS, the Iraqi army said on Friday.

CTS commandos, supported by planes from the US-led international coalition, attacked IS hideouts in the rugged areas of Wadi-Zghaiton and Wadi al-Khanajir southwest of the homonymous provincial capital Kirkuk , some 250 km north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Yahia Rasoul, spokesperson for the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi forces said in a statement.

The troops clashed with the extremist militants in their hiding places during the operation which began Thursday evening and ended Friday morning, killing some of the militants, while the rest were killed by coalition airstrikes as they tried to escape from their hiding places, Rasoul said.

The troops also seized local and foreign weapons, documents, passports and money, Rasoul added.

The operation came as extremist IS militants stepped up their attacks on security forces and civilians in former ISIS-controlled Sunni provinces, leaving dozens dead and injured.

The security situation in Iraq has improved since Iraqi security forces completely defeated ISIS militants across the country in late 2017.

However, the remnants of the Islamic State have since melted into urban areas or deserts and hilly areas, carrying out frequent guerrilla attacks against security forces and civilians.

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