ISIS militants attack Iraqi soldiers in Diyala, killing 11

File – Iraqi military vehicles are pictured during an operation against Islamic State militants (Shafaq News photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Eleven Iraqi soldiers were killed in an Islamic State (ISIS) attack in Diyala province early on Friday, Iraqi media reported.

ISIS militants attacked a military base in al-Azim district, north of Baghdad, at dawn on Friday, security sources told Iraqi media.

Security officials told AP that the militants broke into the barracks at 3 a.m. local time and shot dead the soldiers.

State newsy agency INA reported that a military delegation from Diyala Operations Command visited the area to investigate into the death of the soldiers killed in a “terrorist attack” in Azim district.

The attack was one of the deadliest targeting the Iraqi military in recent months.

ISIS controlled roughly a third of Iraq between 2014 and 2017. Iraqi forces and Kurdish troops backed by U.S.-led Coalition forces as well as Iran-backed Shia militias defeated the militant group in 2017, but its members still roam areas of northern Iraq and northeastern Syria.

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