BAGHDAD (Dispatches) – The death toll of the Daesh terrorists in an airdrop operation on the terrorist group’s positions in Iraq's central province of Salahudin has risen to 15, the Iraqi military says.
The Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) conducted an airdrop operation on Daesh positions in the rugged area of Mteibijah near the provincial border with neighboring Diyala province, Yahya Rasoul, spokesman of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, said in a statement.
The troops killed 15 Daesh terrorists and captured nine others, along with destroying several hideouts, tunnels and training camp for the militants, Rasoul said.
Earlier, Mohammed al-Bazi from Salahudin's provincial police told Xinhua that the CTS airdrop operation killed six Daesh terrorists and captured four others.
Iraqi security forces repeatedly carried out operations to take control of Mteibijah area from Daesh terrorists, but the vast rugged land and nearby Himreen mountainous area have made it difficult for them to completely clear the area of the terrorists.
The security situation in Iraq was dramatically improved after Iraqi security forces fully defeated the Daesh terrorists across the country late in 2017.
Daesh remnants, however, have since melted in urban areas or resorted to deserts and rugged areas as safe havens, carrying out frequent hit-and-run attacks against security forces and civilians.