The Iraqi Counterterrorism Forces, Federal Police, Salahuddin Operations Command and the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU) have launched an assault on four different axes against ISIS sleeper cells in the Hamrin Mountains.
Iraqi forces backed by warplanes have launched an operation against Islamic State remnantsin the Hamrin Mountains.
NRT Digital Media reporter Nabaz Miqdad said that Iraqi counterterrorism forces, federal police, Saladin Operations Command, and the Hashd al-Shaabi began the assault on Sunday (April 28).
The units participating in the operation are moving along four axes from Kirkuk, Diyala, and Saladin governorates, Miqdad added.
The intelligence agencies are also supporting the attack, according to Miqdad.
Iraqi forces reportedly cleared the Wadisha area on Sunday. Police said in a statement that at least six ISIS figters were killed.
The militant group has recently increased its activity in Kirkuk and Diyala provinces, which precipitated the response from the security forces.
ISIS militants swept across northern and western Iraq in 2014. Beginning in late 2015, Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by US-led coalition air power wrested back the northern and western parts of the country.
Baghdad declared military victory over ISIS in December 2017, after expelling the militants from all urban centers.
But the group has not completely disappeared and sleeper cells have been fighting a guerrilla war against government forces.