A high-ranking Iraqi military commander says Iraqi troopers have captured two dozen Takfiri ISIL militants during a clean-up operation in the country’s northern province of Salahuddin.
The commander of the 17th Iraqi Infantry Brigade, Ma’ad Badai, told Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network on Sunday that Iraqi government forces detained the terrorists following an exchange of fire in the western Makishifa district of the province.
He added that 120 vehicles rigged with explosives, 300 mobile handsets, 130 mortar shells, 28 mines, nearly 100 light and heavy weapons as well as 35 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were also confiscated following the battle.
Meanwhile, the Takfiri ISIL militant group has executed 3 of its own members in Iraq’s northern oil-rich province of Kirkuk on the grounds that they had betrayed the group.
A local security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the ISIL terrorists killed the fellow extremists by firing squad in the Zab district, located 95 kilometers (59 miles) west of the provincial capital of Kirkuk.
The source said that ISIL has prevented the residents of the town of Hawijah, located 282 kilometers (175 miles) north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, to leave the area, and is forcing male locals to join its ranks in the wake of recent defections and defeats.
Units of Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer fighters have joined forces and are seeking to take back regions currently being held by ISIL militants.
The terrorists began their offensive through Iraqi territory in June 2014, and took full control of the country’s second city, Mosul, before capturing swathes of land in Iraq’s heartland.
ISIL Takfiris have committed gruesome crimes and terrorized members of various communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians during their onslaught in Iraq.