More than 35 members of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were killed and three arms depots were seized from them in Iraq’s Central province of Babel.
“The Iraqi security forces have killed 35 ISIL members in al-Saeedat and al-Roubaiya regions, 9 of whom were the ringleaders of the terrorist group and were Saudi, Pakistani and Syrian nationals,” an informed source said on Saturday.
The source said that the Iraqi police have also seized the weapons stored in three large depots belonging to the ISIL in the region and destroyed a workshop used for making bombs.
According to the report, the security forces are now in full control over Jarf al-Sekhar region and have repeatedly ambushed the terrorists who aimed to sneak into the area.
The ISIL terrorists launched their offensive by seizing the North’s main city, Mosul, earlier this month and have swept through the Tigris river valley, North of Baghdad. They have boasted of massacring hundreds of troops and civilians, including women and children, captured in their advance.
The terrorists have been joined by other factions, including former members of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party.
On Wednesday, Iraqi Energy Minister Hussein al-Shahristani said more than 2 million Iraqis have volunteered to fight against militants from the ISIL.
The government has no capacity to process any more volunteers, he added.
“No one knows when this battle will end, but we will win it,” al-Shahristani insisted.