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Baghdad, IRAQ – Two armed forces personnel were severely injured Tuesday as a bomb blast targeted an army patrol in Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying.

“An explosive charge targeted an army patrol at Al Tarmia area north of Baghdad, leaving two servicemen injured,” the source told Baghdad Today.

The explosion left damage to military equipment, the source added.

“Security troops cordoned off the blast scene,” the source said, adding that the ambulance transferred the injured to a nearby hospital.

Their condition is unknown at this time.

Authorities believe that ISIS is responsible for the attack.

On Monday, a member of the Tribal Mobilization Forces was profoundly wounded after a bomb placed under his vehicle exploded, while passing by al-Radwaniyah region, west of Baghdad, Iraqi News reported.

“A bomb placed under a vehicle, driven by a member of the Tribal Mobilization Forces, exploded at noon, while passing at al-Radwaniyah region, west of Baghdad,” the source told Alghad Press.

“Security troops cordoned off the blast scene,” the source said, adding that the ambulance transferred the injured to nearby hospital.

The blast is considered the first in Baghdad in 2018.

Yesterday we reported that a wide-scale military operation was launched on Monday to track down Islamic State terrorists at al-Nada area in Diyala, a military commander said.

Speaking to Alghad Press, Tigris Operations Commander Lt. Gen. Mozher al-Azzawi said, “Joint troops, backed by Iraqi Air Force and Popular Mobilization Forces, launched in the wee hours of Monday a wide-scale military operation from two axes, targeting Islamic State hotbeds at al-Nada area in Diyala.”

Azzawi added that the intelligence-based operation comes as part of the command’s strategy to eliminate Islamic State throughout the province. “The operation was launched upon accurate intelligence reports,” he pointed out.

On Sunday, Popular Mobilization Forces killed 13 Islamic State militants and destroyed five of their hotbeds in a security campaign in northeastern Diyala, Iraqi News reported.

The troops also seized an arms depot for the terrorist group in Diyala as well.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Thousands of ISIS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since a government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition, was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group.

Since then, forces took back the group’s former capital, Mosul, the town of Tal Afar, Kirkuk’s Hawija, and each of Annah, Rawa and Qaim in Anbar.

The war against ISIS has displaced nearly five million people, with tens of thousands of civilians and militants killed since the launch of the offensives to recapture occupied cities.



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