TIKRIT, Iraq, Dec 6 (NNN-NINA) – Eight soldiers were killed and 10 wounded, on Monday, in clashes with Daesh militants, during a military operation in the northern part of the Iraqi central province of Salahudin, a provincial security source said.
The clashes occurred in the afternoon, when the security forces attacked Daesh positions in villages scattered on the eastern bank of the Tigris River, in the Shirqat area, some 280 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the source said, without giving further details about the casualty among the extremist militants.
Meanwhile, U.S.-led war planes attacked a vehicle carrying the militants in east of Shirqat, killing the five militants on board, the source said.
The security forces have launched an operation during the past few days, to clear the part of Shirqat on the east bank of the river from the militants, as well as, many other villages at the adjacent vast rural area.
Late in Sept, the security forces and allied tribal fighters retook control of the town of Shirqat, which is located on the western bank of the Tigris River.
The liberation of Shirqat was part of a major offensive to liberate the Daesh stronghold in Mosul, the capital of Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh.
The Sunni-dominated province of Salahudin has witnessed a series of deadly attacks, since security forces and allied paramilitary units, known as Hashd Shaabi, retook the province from the militants, who seized a large part of it in June, 2014.—
Source: Nam News Network