Iraqi soldier and policeman killed by ISIS sniper

Kirkuk, 2021- A vehicle of the Iraqi army as part of a military operation south of Kirkuk. Media of Iraqi federal police

By KirkukNow

An Iraqi soldier and a policeman were killed Thursday in two incidents by snipers of the remnants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria whom are lately leading fatal attacks.

On October 28th late at night, the militants if Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ISIS stormed a base of the Iraqi army in the district of Daquq, 44 km southeast of Kirkuk Northern province.

"Daesh militants have targeted Iraqi army by sinper and a soldier of brigade 45 was martyred," a security source anonymously said.

The Iraqi army unit was based near Tal Hamia village of Daquq close to Tea Valley (Wadi Shay). A statement by Kirkuk's joint operations command said brigade 45 stood in the face of an attack by Daesh and caused serious damage to them.

Late hours of Tuesday, gunmen attacked the village of Rashad in Miqdadiya (Sharaban in Kurdish) district northeast of Diyala province. Security forces said 13 villagers were killed and seven were injured.

Last September, 13 policemen, soldiers and fighters were killed and more than 8 were injured in separate attacks and by explosive devices IEDs planted by ISIS militants in the provinces of Kirkuk, Ninawa and Salahaddin.

IS militants are regrouping in the rural areas of the disputed territories between Baghdad and Erbil. They are targeting Iraqi forces and civilians in the suburbs of Diyla, Kirkuk Ninawa, Salahaddin and Erbil.

Back in 2014, ISIS took over almost one third of Iraqi territories. End of 2017, the Iraqi government declared victory and defeat of IS yet a report by the United Nations UN published early this year estimated thousands of Daesh fighters remain active across Iraq and Syria.

In a separate incident, a group of IS fighters targeted the Unit five of brigade 20 of Iraqi federal police. "A policeman was martyred in the attack near the village of Suhaila of Daquq," A security officer anonymously told KirkukNow.

"Daesh gunmen are mainly using snipers in the latest attacks. Shabiha attack early September was also carried out by their snipers because they are unable to fight face to face and avoid direct attacks," he added.

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