Iraqi military thwarts ‘attempt’ targeting security forces in Anbar’s air base

Smoke rises from a car bomb detonated at al-Tabat air base in Anbar province, April 17, 2021. (Al-Forat News)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi forces thwarted an attempt targeting the security forces in Anbar province, Iraq’s military said late on Saturday.

In a statement, Iraqi Security Media Cell said the security forces detonated a car bomb parked in al-Taba’at air base in Anbar to target the Iraqi forces.

“With intelligence efforts, it was found that the car was intended to target the security forces,” the Iraqi military stated.

“However, our forces were able to thwart this attempt,” it added.

It is still unclear who was behind the attempt, but Islamic State (ISIS) militants are believed to stage such attacks.

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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