BAGHDAD

At least 11 Iraqi soldiers were killed on Friday in an attack by the DaeshISIS terrorist group in eastern Iraq, according to a military source.

An Iraqi military officer told Anadolu Agency that DaeshISIS terrorists attacked a military base between the villages of Talaa and Um al-Karami in Diyala province.

The officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, added the attack resulted in the death of 11 Iraqi army personnel, including an officer.

He said military reinforcement arrived on the scene and started an operation against the assailants.

So far, there is no official statement by the Iraqi authorities on the incident.

In 2017, Iraq declared victory over Daesh/ISIS by reclaiming all territories the terrorist group controlled since the summer of 2014 which was estimated to be about a third of the country’s territory.

The group, however, still maintains sleeper cells in large areas in Iraq and occasionally launches sporadic attacks.

* Writing by Ahmed Asmar​​​​​​​

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