Iraqi military foils terror plot in southern Baghdad

Members of Iraqi security forces are seen in this undated picture

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi military foiled a terror plot in an operation against Islamic State (ISIS) militants in southern Baghdad, the army said on Wednesday.

Units of the Iraqi military carried out the operation to clear areas in southern Baghdad of ISIS militants, Baghdad Operations Command said in a statement.

“Movement of three ISIS militants was detected by thermal cameras,” the Baghdad operations commander said. “A unit of the Iraqi military engaged in clashes with them and killed one of them while the other two managed to escape.”

“The militants’ terrorist plot was thwarted,” it added.

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.

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”.

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