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Salahuddin, IRAQ — Iraqi Special Ops report that they have killed 45 Islamic State militants and arrested five others just north of Salahuddin province, Iraq. 

“Iraqi army troops thwarted an attack by ISIS militants against a security site in Shirqat town,” Col. Ali al-Shemari told Petra News. “Troops responded killing 45 fighters and arresting five others.”

No Iraqi forces or civilians were killed or injured in the operation.

Ali al-Dawdah, mayor of Shirqat, was quoted as saying that several ISIS militants and tribal fighters were killed as government and tribal forces repelled an attack by the ISIS militants, who sneaked into the western side of the town to other villages in the province, Iraqi News reported.

The province has seen an escalation in ISIS attacks against security troops.

Despite recapturing large areas of there since the group emerged in 2014, observers believe the group could still pose a security threat.

The eastern coast of Shirqat, which lies on the west bank of the Tigris river in Salahuddin province, is still under the ISIS control, while the western coast was liberated last year. It’s believed that the group has been launching there setting off from Hawija, its stronghold in neighboring Kirkuk.

Pivotal regions that link between each of Diyala, Salahuddin and Kirkuk, are still held by ISIS which poses a threat to the liberated regions.

Slowly but surely ISIS is being defeated in the region.

God Bless.

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