Iraqi forces destroy ISIS hideout near Makhmour

This photo captured from a video shows smoke rising from a hill where an Iraqi military spokesman says an ISIS hideout was located, in Kirkuk province, October 1, 2021. (Photo: Yehia Rasool Twitter account)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi forces destroyed an Islamic State (ISIS) hideout in Qara Chokh mountain range near Makhmour, according to a military spokesman. 

Yehia Rasool, spokesman for commander-in-chief of the armed forces, said the military intelligence units carried out a security operation against the militant group in Qara Chokh mountain range in northwest of Kirkuk.

An ISIS hideout was destroyed and a militant was killed during the operation, Rasool said in a tweet on Friday.

Iraqi forces have increased operations against the militant group, which intermittently carries out attacks against the security forces in disputed territories where officials blame attacks on a security vacuum between the Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December 2017 but the militants have regrouped in the Hamrin mountain range which extends into the northern provinces – an area described by officials as a “triangle of death”.

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