Iraqi forces kill 12 ISIS remnants in western Mosul: spokesman

Iraqi security forces conduct a search operation north of Baghdad. (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi counter-terrorism forces killed 12 Islamic State (ISIS) remnants in western Mosul, said an Iraqi military spokesman on Tuesday.

Yehia Rasool, spokesman of commander-in-chief of the armed forces, said in a statement that the counter-terrorism forces had launched a military operation against ISIS militants in Badoush area in western Mosul.

The operation backed by Iraqi and U.S.-led Coalition warplanes was based on intelligence and information, Rasool added.

“The operation was resulted in the killing of 12 remnants of the terrorist ISIS group,” he continued.

Recently, Iraqi forces have stepped up efforts to detain ISIS militants in the provinces of Kirkuk, Saladin, Nineveh, Anbar and Baghdad. The security forces have detained and killed dozens of ISIS members in the past weeks.

The federal government announced victory over Islamic State by the end of 2017 after Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led Coalition regained control of areas once captured by the militant group.

Despite its defeat, ISIS still poses a threat to the security and stability of the country as there are still sleeper cells in Iraq.

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