Attack in Northern Iraq: Iraq’s military said that the terrorists fired indiscriminately at the people attending the funeral in the northern part of the country.
symbolic picture. AP/PTI
In the northern part of Iraq, there was a terrorist attack on people attending the funeral. A large number of people died in this attack. Iraq’s Military issued a statement on Friday and informed about this. The army said that this terrorist attack took place in Salahaddin province, in which many people died. But the army did not give clear information about the number of people killed in this terrorist attack.
An Iraqi security official said eight people were killed in the terror attack. Police and civilians are among the dead. The officer said that armed terrorists opened fire on the crowd. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the attack was carried out by the Islamic State group. The death toll could not be immediately confirmed. The army said it would provide the details after the investigation is completed.
Army conducting anti-IS operations in northern and western Iraq
In 2017, Iraqi security forces defeated Islamic State with the help of the US-led coalition. But northern Iraq has been a hotspot of IS activity only after its territorial defeat. Iraqi forces regularly conduct anti-IS operations in the rugged mountainous northern region and deserts of western Iraq. It is believed that the Islamic State is still active here and has taken control of the area.
Last week’s attack in Baghdad
IS attacks have decreased in recent years. But attacks still continue in these areas, where security forces are often targeted by ambushes and IEDs. IS has been successful in carrying out attacks in the capital Baghdad several times. At least 30 people were killed in a suicide bombing last week in the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City. IS took responsibility for this attack.
US army is not needed in Iraq: Iraq PM
Earlier, Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said that his country no longer needs US forces to fight the terrorist group Islamic State. But a formal deadline for his redeployment will depend on the outcome of talks with US officials this week. Al-Kadhimi said Iraq would still need US training and military intelligence services.
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