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.