Iraqi Forces Kill 16 Daesh Militants In Kirkuk

BAGHDAD, Nov 21 (NNN-NINA) – A commando force of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) conducted an operation against militants of the extremist Daesh group, in Iraq’s northern province of Kirkuk, leaving 16 militants killed, the Iraqi military said yesterday.

The CTS commandos, backed by international U.S.-led coalition aircraft, attacked their hideouts in the rugged areas of Wadi-Zghaiton and Wadi al-Khanajir, in the south-west of the namesake provincial capital Kirkuk, some 250 km north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, Yahia Rasoul spokesman of the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi forces said in a statement.

The troops clashed with the extremist militants in their hideouts during the operation that began on Thursday night and ended yesterday morning, killing some of the militants, while the others were killed by coalition airstrikes, as they tried to escape from their hideouts, Rasoul said.

The troops also seized weapons, documents, passports, and local and foreign sums of money.

The operation came, as the extremist militants intensified their attacks on the security forces and civilians in the formerly Daesh-controlled Sunni provinces, resulting in the killing and wounding of dozens.– NNN-NINA