On December 8, ISIS claimed that its cells killed or wounded 18 soldiers and policemen in three separate attacks that took place in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk a day earlier.
The first attack saw ISIS terrorists targeted a pickup truck of the Iraqi Federal Police with an improvised explosive device (IED) as it was passing near the town of al-S’aduniyah in the district of al-Hawija in western Kirkuk. The terrorist then clashed with a backup force that was sent to investigate the attack, allegedly killing at least two policemen.
At around the same time, ISIS terrorists targeted a patrol of the Iraqi Federal Police that was conducting a combing operation near the town of Suhel in the district of Daqua in southern Kirkuk with an IED. A police vehicle that was sent to support the patrol was also targeted with an IED. A total of 12 policemen were allegedly killed or wounded.
ISIS terrorists also clashed with a force of the Iraqi military that attempted to ambush them near the town of al-Twil’ah in the district of al-Dibs in northern Kirkuk. The terrorist managed to escape after allegedly killing two soldiers and wounding two others.
ISIS cells intensified their operations in Kirkuk in the last few months, de-facto turning the northern province into a danger zone.
Iraqi government forces launch operations against ISIS cells in Kirkuk on a regular basis. Yet, the terrorist group is not slowing down its operations in the province.