ISIS militants attack Iraqi military, PMF unit in Khanaqin, Dibis

File – Military vehicles of Iraqi Security Forces are pictured in Khanaqin (Kirkuk Now)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Islamic State (ISIS) militants attacked Iraqi forces and a unit of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in Khanaqin and Dibis districts late on Saturday.

In a statement, the PMF, also known as Hashid al-Shaabi, said its fighters had repelled an ISIS attack near the village of Aliyawa in Khanaqin.

A PMF fighter was killed during clashes with the militants, it added.

In Dibis, clashes erupted between the Iraqi military and a group of ISIS militants after the militants attacked a military point of the army in an area in the district.

Casualties remained unclear.

Despite continuous operation against ISIS, remnants of the militant group intermittently attack the Iraqi forces in the disputed territories.

To prevent further attacks, the Iraqi military and Peshmerga forces established three joint operations rooms in Kirkuk, Khanaqin and Makhmour.

The federal government announced victory over ISIS 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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