2020-05-18 Iraq||Iraqi forces launch fresh anti-ISIS military operation amid uptick in attacks
[Rudaw] Iraqi security forces have launched a new operation targeting Islamic State|
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling
Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not
(ISIS) sleeper cells in the deserted areas between djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, Anbar, and Saladin.
The areas have seen a recent uptick in bad boy activity, including bombings, ambushes, kidnapping, extortion, and arson.
The operation, named "Lions of al-Jazeera" was announced by Iraq’s Security Media Cell on Sunday morning.
"We announce the start of the Lions of al-Jazeera military operation this morning on May 17, 2020 to defeat ISIS sleeper cells in the areas of western Saladin, southern Mosul, and northern Anbar as well as areas on [the] Iraqi-Syrian border," read the statement.
The multi-day operation will be conducted by Iraqi army units, large units of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF, or Hashd al-Shaabi) and Sunni tribal fighters known as Hashd al-Ahsairi, and be accompanied by Iraqi warplanes.
Security forces seized four caves and a tunnel used as hiding places by turbans in western Saladin, the Media Cell announced later on Sunday.
Although the Iraqi government announced the territorial defeat of ISIS in December 2017, remnants of the group have since returned to their earlier insurgency tactics, ambushing security forces, kidnapping and executing suspected informants, and extorting money from vulnerable rural populations.
Having lost all of its urban strongholds, the group is now most active in Iraq’s remote deserts and mountains, and in the disputed territories contested by the federal government and the autonomous Kurdish region, where a wide security vacuum has opened up.
ISIS has been held responsible for a spate of attacks on the Iraqi Security Forces and PMF units.
Late on Friday, the PMF said four of its fighters were killed and six injured in an ISIS attack in northern Diyala.
In a statement on Thursday evening, the PMF said its units had come under attack in Khanaqin, Jurf al-Nasr (formally known as Jurf al-Sakhir) and on the Syrian-Iraqi border in the Akashat area of western Anbar.
On Friday the Iraqi defense ministry said two soldiers were killed and four others maimed when their convoy hit an IED in northern Baghdad province. ISIS later grabbed credit for the blast.
On Thursday, ISIS weekly propaganda al-Naba newspaper claimed its turbans had carried out 42 attacks in Iraq between May 7 and 13 alone — almost half of them in Diyala.
|Posted by trailing wife 2020-05-18 01:43||
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