Iraqi forces destroy ISIS media centre in Hamreen
Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism force targeted “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) remnants and one of the group’s media centres in northern region of Hamreen on Thursday (April 11th).
Although group no longer holds territory, ISIS sleeper cells were believed to be hiding out in vast deserts and in Hamreen mountains, conducting deadly hit-and-run attacks against government posts from these bases.
Iraqi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasul said Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi had ordered Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) “to conduct operations targeting ISIS remnants and their caves in Hamreen mountains”.
Operation was supported by both Iraqi aircraft and international coalition warplanes, he said in a statement.
CTS spokesman Sabah al-Numan said operation had lasted four days, with troops parachuting in and setting fire to 15 ISIS shelters.
“A special team is currently analysing the seized computers and documents — and we will see if there is a new issue, as they are usually published on Thursdays,” al-Numan said.
Force is planning similar operations in other parts of Iraq.