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PMF commander killed in ISIS attack in Khanaqin’s Shirk village

2020-08-29

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SULAIMANI —A commander of Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) was killed in an attack by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Shirk village on the outskirts of Khanaqin city in Diyala governorate on Friday (August 28).

In a statement published late by the Iran-backed PMF, also known as Hashd al-Shaabi in Arabic, it confirmed that Amer Ahmad Saleh, nicknamed Abu Haider Al-Ansar, who was artillery official in PMF’s Diyala Operations Command, was killed along with another PMF fighters in the ISIS attack.

Earlier on Friday, the PMF announced it had it repulsed an attack by ISIS militants in the disputed district of Khanaqin in Diyala governorate.

Khanaqin is a disputed district located Diyala governorate and is claimed by both Erbil and Baghdad.

Iraq declared victory over ISIS in December 2017, but the group routinely launches attacks in the disputed areas in Saladin, Kirkuk, Nineveh, and Diyala governorates, which are claimed by both Erbil and Baghdad.

(NRT Digital Media)