The Iraqi army foiled a new infiltration attempt by a group of "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) militants coming from Syria, the Ninawa Operations Command said Tuesday (January 15th).
"Iraqi forces killed two militants and wounded several others in clashes with an armed group who tried to enter Iraq from Syria’s Deir Ezzor," commander Nejim Eddin Karim al-Jubury told Diyaruna.
"The militants were engaged after they tried to cross the border and ignored the [security forces'] warnings," he said.
Iraqi forces killed two of the militants and wounded several others, forcing the remaining elements to retreat back into Syria, he said, noting that there were no casualties among Iraqi soldiers.
This is the third attempt of its kind this month as ISIS elements try to take advantage of low visibility at dawn or midnight after the noose has tightened on them in Syria, he said.