ISIS attacks Iraqi military in Jalawla, killing one soldier

Iraqi army is seen in Saladin, Iraq on 7 February 2 2018. (Anadolu Agency)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Islamic State (ISIS) militants attacked the Iraqi military in Jalawla district late on Tuesday, killing one soldier.

Esta Media Network reporter in Garmian said the militants carried out an attack against a unit of the Iraqi military in Islah village in the district at 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

An Iraqi soldier was killed and another was wounded in the attack, the reporter added.

Jalawla, or Gulala in Kurdish language, is a disputed area claimed by both the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

ISIS militants intermittently carry out attacks against Iraqi forces in the disputed areas.

Kurdish officials have said the militant group is using a security vacuum between the Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the disputed areas.

Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December 2017 but the militants have regrouped in the Hamrin mountain range which extends into the northern provinces – an area described by officials as a “triangle of death”.

Iraqi commanders have warned that the group has been regrouping in northern Iraq and relying on women to secure logistical support for their operatives in the Hamrin mountain range.

The area is caught between the jurisdictions of the Iraqi security forces and the Peshmerga forces.

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