Shafaq News / A security source in Diyala governorate said, on Monday, that three Iraqi soldiers were killed near Hemrin Lake.
The source told Shafaq News Agency that an explosive device blew up near the 9th Division of the Iraqi army killing three Iraqi soldiers and wounding two others.
The security forces continued the Revenge for Martyrs security operations in the vicinity and outskirts of Hemrin Lake to pursue ISIS remnants with the participation of the police, the army and the Popular Mobilization Forces.
Earlier today, the deputy commander of the joint operations, Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Al-Shammari, said in a statement that commanders from the Ministry of Defense, Interior and the Popular Mobilization Forces have been present since early morning in the region to follow up the security operation against ISIS.
On the second day of the operation, the Joint Forces found hostels where it seized equipment, ammunition, weapons and bikes.
The Forces also destroyed tunnels and dismantled explosive devices.
Gen. Al-Shammari confirmed that the joint forces, accompanied by Air support, will continue its operations in the rugged areas pursuing ISIS remnants to secure Diyala Governorate.
In 2017, Iraq declared final victory over ISIS after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.
Yet, ISIS still has sleeper cells in several Iraqi Governorates.
Its fighters are making a comeback with kidnap and killing, the latest massive reactivation incident is when two ISIS men blew themselves up in a crowded Baghdad market on January 2021, killing at least 32 people in Iraq’s first big suicide bombing for three years.