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Diyala, IRAQ — A senior Islamic State area commander was killed during an attack on army forces in Diyala, according to local sources.

Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that “unconfirmed reports tel that the so-called ‘emir’ of Islamic State in Saadiya Basin died of injuries sustained during his participation in the attack on an army checkpoint near Rabia village near Saadiya (36 miles east of Baqubah).”

ISIS, which has been crushed in Mosul thanks to security operations running since October, has been escalating attacks at other provinces where it still has a presence.

Journalist Mohamed Mostafa at Iraqi News reports that government and tribal forces have launched occasional operations over the past few months to clear border regions between Diyala and Salahuddin, killing dozens of militants. ISIS fighters have also responded with occasional attacks targeting troops, resulting in several deaths.

Officials from towns still held by ISIS since 2014 have pressed the Iraqi government to hasten with security operations to retake those regions, but the Iraqi government is giving most attention to its battle in Mosul, Islamic State’s largest stronghold in Iraq.

Violence and armed conflicts left 824 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of May, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq which excludes security members deaths.

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