Iraqi forces kill 4 in anti-ISIS operation in Hamrin mountains of Diyala
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraqi forces carried out an operation against ISIS militants in the Hamrin Mountains, the military press office known as the Security Media Cell said on Thursday.
The Iraqi Joint Operations Command, which coordinates the activity of the army, police and other security forces, carried out the operation, which resulted in the deaths of four ISIS fighters, according to a statement. , noting that “an airstrike was directed against the most important main hiding places in the Hamrin mountain range.
He added: “This den is considered a center for launching terrorist operations in the Kirkuk region. “
Hamrin is a rugged mountain ridge located primarily in Diyala province that stretches from areas near the Iranian border and west to the eastern banks of the Tigris, straddling the borders of Salahuddin and Kirkuk provinces. The region has long been a haven for extremist groups who maintain caves and tunnels there from which they have often organized deadly attacks.
The cell confirmed that the operation “was carried out on the basis of accurate intelligence information and infiltration of terrorist gangs by intelligence agencies.”
She added that “the rest of the terrorist elements clashed in the den, and one of them was killed and the other blew himself up after being surrounded by force.”
She stressed that “the total death toll has reached 4, and search and search operations are still in place to search for the rest of the terrorist hideouts in this region.
Suspected ISIS gunmen killed two people on Tuesday evening in an ambush in Kurdistan, in the Garmiyan region.
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“Two individuals – a policeman and a civilian – were killed, and a third person was injured at a fake checkpoint by ISIS militants on a road between Kifri district and Sarqala district in the ‘Garmiyan administration,’ a local source told Kurdistan 24.
Garmiyan, like the Hamrin mountain range, is part of areas that have suffered from the lack of unified military communication and strategy over large tracts of land stretching from the disputed territories of Khanaqin in central Diyala province to Kirkuk and north to to several areas surrounding Mosul.
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Since its territorial defeat in Iraq in 2017, ISIS fighters have adopted many of the same guerrilla tactics that it used to gain prominence before taking control of large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014, launching attacks against the security forces and the general population in all areas of the previously controlled terrorist group.