ISIS claimed on April 22 that its cells had killed or injured eleven Iraqi service members in a new ambush in the western province of al-Anbar.
In a short statement released the Amaq news agency, the terrorist group said its fighters ambushed a military convoy near the area of Kilo 160, west of the city of al-Anbar, on the eve of April 21.
“Nine soldiers of the Iraqi military were killed and two others were injured, yesterday, two military vehicles were also destroyed and a third was damaged,” the statement reads.
Iraqi sources confirmed that the military was engaged in heavy clashes with ISIS cells near Kilo 160, a day earlier. However, the sources didn’t report any casualties among Iraqi military personnel.
Earlier this month, ISIS cells attacked a military position in western al-Anbar, near the town of Rutba. Four Iraqi soldiers were killed and another was injured. Back then, Iraqi government forces responded with a large-scale security operation.
Western al-Anbar is one of ISIS’ original strongholds in Iraq. Government forces will need more time and efforts to put an end to the terrorist group’s presence there.