BREAKING: Over 30 DEAD… Here’s What We Know


Nineveh, IRAQ – Iraqi troops killed on Sunday 30 Islamic State (ISIS) militants while hiding inside a cave in western Mosul, the Turkish Anadolu Agency quoted an army official as saying.

“Upon accurate intelligence reports, Iraqi troops fired 27 missiles from a Stryker armored vehicle against a cave in Al-Ba’aj district, 150 km (93 miles) west of Mosul, leaving the cave completely destroyed,” Major Abbas Abdel Azim from the 20th brigade of the Iraqi army said.

“All 30 ISIS militants who were inside the cave were killed in the bombardment,” Abdel Azim pointed out, revealing that the cave is believed to be used as an explosives depot as a huge explosion was heard following the missile attack.

Iraqi News reports that there were no casualties among the Iraqi troops, Abdel Azim concluded.

Yesterday AFF reported that one person was killed and two others were injured in a bomb attack in northern Baghdad, according to top security officials.

“An explosive charge went off near a popular market at al-Tarmia district in northern Baghdad, leaving one person dead and two others injured,” officials told Baghdad Today news website.

“Ambulances carried the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment, while the dead body was moved to the forensic medicine department.”

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016. Though most of the daily bombings go without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has declared it had been behind many, Iraqi News reported.

A total of 115 Iraqi civilians, excluding policemen, were killed and another 250 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in January 2018, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

A government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition, has been fighting the Islamic State group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced, last July, liberation of the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS militants, who had captured it in 2014. More than 25,000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.

Despite the victory over ISIS there in the city, observers say ISIS is believed to constitute a security threat even after the group’s defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces.



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