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Six IS militants killed in western Iraq

Baghdad: Six Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Wednesday in an operation in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, the Iraqi military said.

Backed by the Iraqi gunships, the security forces conducted an operation based on intelligence reports in Anbar desert, Yehia Rasool, spokesman of the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi forces said in a statement.

The operation resulted in the killing of six IS militants and the arrest of another, in addition to destroying two hideouts and a vehicle, the statement added.

IS militants are still active in the vast Anbar desert which stretches to the border with neighbouring countries of Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, as IS frequently infiltrated into Iraq in an attempt to regroup.

The security situation in Iraq has been dramatically improved after Iraqi security forces declared full liberation of Iraq from IS militants late in 2017, and the Iraqi forces repeatedly carry out operations to control the whole border areas with Syria and nearby desert in western Iraq.

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