ERBIL — Iraqi forces killed 17 Islamic State (IS) militants in the northern province of Nineveh on Wednesday, as part of the ongoing operations against the extremist group.
The Iraqi Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said in a statement the Army’s 15th Division killed 17 IS militants, while combing through the region of Ayyadiah, located northwest of Tel Afar in the Nineveh province.
According to the statement, six of the killed IS insurgents, who initially attacked the army troops during the combing patrols, wore explosive belts, IraqiNews reported.
The Iraqi forces further liberated three women, who have been held in captivity by the jihadists.
The town of Tel Afar (located about 65 kilometers west of Mosul) was captured by the IS militants back in 2014, when the extremist group emerged in Iraq. However, the Iraqi forces liberated the key area in August, after fully liberating neighboring Mosul in July.