Four soldiers killed in ISIS attack on military point in Diyala – report

File – An Iraqi soldier is pictured during an operation against ISIS

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — At least four Iraqi soldiers were killed after Islamic State (ISIS) remnants attacked a military point in Diyala province on Sunday night, Iraqi media reported.

A group of ISIS remnants attacked and captured a military point of the Iraqi army on the outskirts of al-Azim district in Diyala late on Sunday, Shafaq News cited a security source as saying.

The Iraqi military backed by the country’s warplanes managed to recapture the point after the militants fled towards areas in Hawi al-Azim near Saladin province.

As many as four soldiers were killed and another was injured in the attack, Shafaq news said.

Meanwhile, national Iraqi news agency reported three soldiers were killed and another was injured in the attack.

The Islamic State remnants have increased attacks against civilians and Iraqi forces in the disputed territories, claimed by both Erbil and Baghdad.

In 2017 Baghdad announced victory over the militant group, and attacks in Iraqi cities have since become much rarer, although troops continue to fight ISIS sleeper cells in mountainous and desert areas.

The militants still mount deadly operations, mostly at night and in remote areas.

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