SULAIMANI (ESTA) — 8 ISIS militants were killed by the Iraqi military forces in western Salahadin, said the military’s spokesman in a statement on Tuesday.
Iraq’s military spokesman Yahya Rasool said, 8 ISIS militants were killed in three separate airstrikes carried out by the country’s military forces.
“The attack was part of the [Valley of Sarsar] operation, launched a few days ago in order to uproot the remaining ISIS fighters in Nineveh, Kirkuk, and Salahaddin provinces,” he said.
“The military operations in these areas will continue to knock down the remaining ISIS militants” he added.
In 2014 ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh held about 40 percent of Iraq’s soil.
However, by December 2017 it had lost most of its territory, and its biggest property, Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, after the U.S.-led collation forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters along with Iraqi military forces including popular mobilization forces, had fought side by side to defeat the ISIS caliphate in the country and they succeed by the end of that year.
Small groups of ISIS have still remained in the disputed areas between the Kurdistan Region government and the Federal government, they utilized the instability of the region for regrouping so that they can continue their attempts to harm the country’s security.