Iraqi forces seize missiles, rocket launchers in Kirkuk province – agency

File – An Iraqi elite forces soldier stands atop a Humvee in the village of Bazwaya (AP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi forces seized a number of rockets and two launchers in an operation in Kirkuk province, the intelligence agency said on Sunday.

The Agency of Intelligence and Federal Investigation said its forces managed to conduct an intelligence operation in the village of Sidra in Dibis district, northwest of Kirkuk.

They seized two rocket launchers and 14 calibers of machine gun, six medium missiles, and 24 rounds of 60mm mortar, the agency added.

The agency did not say to whom the rockets belonged, but Islamic State (ISIS) sleeper cells are believed to be active in those areas in the province.

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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