BAGHDAD, Sept 11 (NNN-NINA) – Five Daesh militants were killed, in an operation in Iraq’s central province of Salahuddin, a provincial police officer said.
A Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) force, backed by U.S.-led coalition aircraft, conducted a search and clearance operation, in the rugged area of Ganous, near the city of Shirqat, some 280 km north of Baghdad, Khalil al-Namis, from Salahuddin provincial police command, said.
The troops, with the air support, heavily pounded Daesh positions in the area, killing five militants, and seized caches of weapons and ammunition, al-Namis said.
The operation came a day after the CTS troops conducted an airdrop operation in Salahuddin province, on Daesh positions in the rugged area of Mteibijah, near the provincial border with neighbouring Diyala province, leaving 15 militants killed and nine others captured.
Iraqi security forces repeatedly carried out operations to take control of rugged areas in Salahuddin province, but the vast rugged land and nearby Himreen mountainous area have made it difficult for them to completely clear the area of the extremist militants.– NNN-NINA