Iraqi soldier, 4 IS militants die in military operation: army

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 Four Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Sunday in a military operation in Iraq’s Salahudin province north of the capital Baghdad.

The operation, with support from Iraqi air forces, was carried out in a rugged area north of Lake Tharthar in the western part of the province, according to a statement issued by the Security Media Cell, a media outlet affiliated with the Iraqi Joint Operations Command.

The slain IS militants included two suicide bombers, said the statement, adding that one of the soldiers was also killed when attacking one of the suicide bombers, who blew himself up.

The security situation in Iraq has improved since the defeat of the IS in 2017. However, IS remnants have melted into urban centers, deserts, and rugged areas, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians.

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