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Four killed, including a civilian, in separate attacks in Iraq

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — At least three Iraqi security forces and a civilian were killed on Saturday in three separate attacks by insurgents, security sources said.

An army officer and a soldier were killed and another soldier was wounded when an explosive device they were trying to defuse was detonated inside a house in the Adnaniyah compound of Qahtaniya district in Sinjar district, northwest of Mosul.

A security source said they were working to clear the area “from ISIS remnants in preparation for the return of the displaced and that the house was a remnant of war.”

In Diyala province, a sniper killed an intelligence officer in the Waqf area northeast of Baquba, the provincial capital.

ISIS has not claimed responsibility for any of the attacks, but operates in all three areas.

In December 2017, Iraq declared victory over the group, which once controlled large swathes of the country, but the militant group has since turned into hit-and-run attacks to undermine the Baghdad government.

ISIS fighters re-assembled in the Hamrin Hills in northeastern Iraq, hills stretching from Diyala on the border with Iran to the north of Salah al-Din province and south of Kirkuk province. Security officials call the area the “triangle of death”.

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