ISIS militants attack Iraqi military in northwest of Kirkuk

File – Iraqi forces take security measures at the controls points as vehicles are seen on their way back to Kirkuk. (Anadolu Agency)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Islamic State (ISIS) militants attacked a unit of the Iraqi military in northwest of Kirkuk late on Wednesday, Iraqi media reported.

Shafaq News cited a security source as saying that ISIS militants attacked a checkpoint of the Iraqi military in Dibis district, but gave no further details.

National Iraqi News Agency said two soldiers were wounded after ISIS militants attacked the Iraqi military with “snipers” in the district.

ISIS militants have increased attacks against the Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the provinces of Kirkuk, Diyala, Anbar and Saladin.

On May 1, a group of the militants attacked the Peshmerga forces near Prde town in south of Erbil, killing three Kurdish forces officers and wounding two others.

The Peshmerga forces were put on alert on Prde frontline on Wednesday night due to the possibility of ISIS movement and attacks there, a source familiar with the matter told Esta Media Network.

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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