Iraqi anti-terrorism forces kill 206 IS militants in 2020

Added On December 20, 2020

 The Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) said in a statement that its commando forces have killed a total of 206 militants of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group and captured 292 others across the country so far this year.

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Backed by Iraqi and international coalition aircraft, the CTS's special operations tactical units carried out 253 operations against the extremist group in 2020.   
According to the service, its cybersecurity teams also managed to "track down 26,280 accounts of terrorist gangs on social media platforms and instant messaging sites."   
CTS activities were part of efforts to eliminate the extremist IS militants who intensified their attacks on security forces and civilians in the formerly IS-controlled Sunni provinces, resulting in the killing and wounding of dozens.
The CTS said its operations "aim to create a safe and stable environment for the life of the Iraqi people by continuing operations to track down and attack terrorist cells and their electronic platforms that spread hatred and extremism among people."
The security situation in Iraq has been improving since the Iraqi security forces fully defeated the IS militants across the country late in 2017.
However, IS remnants have since melted in urban areas or deserts and rugged areas, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians.