Islamic State killed seven Sunni tribal fighters who assist the Iraqi authorities and 5 policemen on Saturday in a city south of Mosul, the insurgents’ final main metropolis stronghold in Iraq, native safety sources mentioned.
The tribal fighters and police had been gunned down at two faux checkpoints arrange by the insurgents in Shirqat, a Sunni city between Mosul and Baghdad, they mentioned.
Islamic State has escalated assaults on forces and officers against its rule because it fights off a army marketing campaign to retake Mosul, the most important metropolis within the “caliphate” it declared in 2014 over elements of Iraq and Syria.
The hardline Sunni group claimed an assault on a Sunni marriage ceremony west of Baghdad that killed at the least 12 individuals on Thursday. It staged assaults and bombings over the previous weeks within the Sunni cities of Falluja and Rutba, additionally west of the capital.
Iraqi armed forces started their offensive on Mosul on Oct. 17, with air and floor assist from a U.S.-led coalition. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Sunni tribes and Iranian-backed Shi’ite paramilitary forces are additionally collaborating.