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Iraq says 10 IS members killed in tunnel near Kirkuk

AFP     9th December, 2017 10:16:29 printer

Iraq says 10 IS members killed in tunnel near Kirkuk

Iraqi forces said they killed 10 members of the Islamic State group in a tunnel near the city of Kirkuk on Saturday, the same day that the prime minister declared the war on IS over.

 

"Brigade 16 of the Hashed al-Shaabi found a tunnel on the outskirts of Rashad and killed 10 IS suicide bomber," the pro-government paramilitary group said in a statement, adding that armaments were recovered.

 

Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) units played a key role alongside Iraqi government forces in the battle against IS.

 

The capture of Rashad, south of the city of Kirkuk, was announced on October 2.

 

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory Saturday in the three-year war to expel IS from Iraq, saying the jihadists had been routed from their last pockets on the border with Syria.

 

Hisham al-Hashemi, an expert on jihadist groups, warned however that IS still posed a threat by retaining arms caches in uninhabited desert zones.

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