BAGHDAD (Dispatches) – Iraqi security forces killed 11 Daesh terrorists in an operation in Iraq's central province of Salahudin, the Iraqi military said on Tuesday.
A joint force from the Iraqi army, provincial police and popular Hashd Shaabi units conducted an operation to clear a desert area in Salahudin province from Daesh terrorists, the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a statement.
During the operation, the troops discovered 13 Daesh terrorist hideouts and two car-bomb-making sites, as well as killing 11 Daesh terrorists and destroying two booby-trapped vehicles, the statement said.
The troops also found 16 explosive belts and six containers filled with explosives, in addition to other supplies and equipment, the statement added.
Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces on Monday killed six would-be suicide bombers affiliated with the Daesh terrorist group in an operation in Iraq's western province of Anbar, the Iraqi military said.
The Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), backed by the international coalition aircraft, carried out an operation against Daesh hideouts in the desert of Anbar, killing six Daesh terrorists wearing explosive belts, Yahya Rasoul, spokesman of a media team affiliated with the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, said in a brief statement.
"We are working hard to end the cross-border terrorist threat, and the cells (terrorist groups) in our territory," Rasoul added.
The security situation in Iraq was dramatically improved after Iraqi security forces fully defeated the Daesh terrorists across the country in late 2017.
Daesh remnants, however, have since melted in urban areas or resorted to deserts and rugged areas as safe havens, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians.
A member of Iraqi security forces salutes onlookers as he parades in the streets of the Iraqi city of Mosul, during celebrations marking the first anniversary of the country's victory over the Daesh terrorist group, on December 10, 2018.