More than a dozen members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group have been killed after Iraqi security forces launched a counter-terrorism operation in the country’s troubled western province of Anbar as government troops are trying to flush the last remnants of the extremist outfit out of the crisis-hit Arab country.
Colonel Shaker Obeid al-Rishawy told Arabic-language Basnews news agency that the Federal Police Force received a tip-off about the presence of a group of Daesh militants in a desert area south of al-Rutbah town.
“Security forces immediately launched an offensive, killing 14 Daesh terrorists and destroying four of their armored vehicles in the process,” Rishawy noted.
He added that three underground tunnels, which the Takfiris were using to stockpile various kinds of munitions and move freely between areas under their control, were also uncovered and destroyed.
Separately, Iraqi security forces arrested four Daesh militants during an operation in the oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk.