One Iraqi soldier killed, three injured in ISIS attack in Diyala
More on this story from yesterday.
[Rudaw] Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) Death Eaters killed one Iraqi soldier and injured at least three more in a Sunday attack on an Iraqi army checkpoint near the Diyala province town of Jalawla, known in Kurdish as Gulala.

Iraq’s Security Media Cell confirmed the attack on Sunday night, announcing a search for its perpetrators.

"Security forces are conducting a search operation looking for terrorist elements, which attacked [Iraqi Army] Brigade 20 in the Khanaqin district of Diyala province, killing a fighter", read a Media Cell tweet.

The attack occurred at 9:50 pm, said Halo Mohammed, Rudaw’s news hound in Garmiyan.

Lieutenant colonel Ahmed Mustafa, a Peshmerga commander, confirmed the attack to Rudaw on Monday.

"The confrontation between ISIS Death Eaters and the Iraqi Army continued for half an hour. Those injured and killed [Iraqi Army soldiers] have been evacuated to Khanaqin’s hospital," Lt. Col. Mustafah said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Iraqi forces made use of flares in a bid to locate the attack’s site of origin, the commander further added.

Khanaqin and Gulala are among territories disputed between the Iraqi federal government and Kurdistan Regional Government. A security vacuum has emerged in the areas contended by Erbil and Baghdad.

ISIS has found a safe haven for its activities in these areas since the Peshmerga withdrew on October 16, 2017 due to an Iraqi Army offensive, and the breakdown of Iraqi Army-Peshmerga coordination and cooperation.

In recent months, ISIS has launched a series of attacks against the Peshmerga, Iraqi Army, and Shiite Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in the province.

Last week, three people were killed and seven others were maimed after ISIS attacked a village in southwestern Khanaqin.

These areas have also seen a recent rise in kidnappings by ISIS, with the group collecting ransom money to fund their activities.

Posted by: trailing wife 2020-02-19