SALAHUDDIN, Iraq

Gunmen ambushed a group of Hashd al-Shaabi fighters in the district of Tuz Khurmatu in Iraq’s northern Saladin province, leaving three dead, according to a local police officer. 

The Daesh/ISIS attack, which targeted a Hashd al-Shaabi position near a military airport in the northwest of Tuz Khurmatu district, left five Hashd al-Shaabi fighters injured, Tuz Khurmatu police chief Hussein Ali told Anadolu Agency.

Security forces have launched an operation against the terrorists in the region following the attack, Ali said.

A predominantly Shia fighting force, Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi was drawn up in 2014 with the purpose of fighting

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