Iraqi solider killed in ISIS attack in Khanaqin: sources

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

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — One Iraqi soldier was killed in an Islamic State attack (ISIS) in Khanaqin district in the province of Diyala, Iraqi media reported on Wednesday.

A security source told Dijlah television that ISIS militants attacked a security point near Helwan bridge in Diyala, killing an Iraqi soldier and wounding five others.

Shafaq News reported that a security point of the Iraqi military near the Helwan area between Jalawla and Khanaqin.

The militants burned homes and killed livestock, according to Shafaq News.

Khanaqin district is a disputed area claimed by both the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

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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