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Iraqi forces discover IS ammunition cache in western Iraq

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The Iraqi military on Thursday announced that an ammunition cache belonging to Islamic State (IS) militants was discovered in Iraq’s western province of Anbar.

The Iraqi Defense Ministry said in a statement that a force from Anbar’s Operations Command uncovered the ammunition cache during an operation in the area of Wadi al-Qadhif in Anbar desert.

Nasir al-Ghannam, commander of Anbar’s Operations Command, said that the ammunition cache contains 570 newly-made explosive belts, bombs, hand grenades and anti-tank mines.

The place was used by IS militants to store their ammunition before distributing them to carry out attacks in the cities of Anbar province and in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

In a separate operation, another force from Anbar Operations Command, in cooperation with civilians in the province, captured two wanted IS militants, the statement added, without giving further details.

The security situation in Iraq has dramatically improved after Iraqi security forces fully defeated the extremist IS militants across the country in later 2017.

IS remnants, however, have since melted into urban areas or resorted to the deserts and rugged areas as safe havens, carrying out frequent hit-and-run attacks against security forces and civilians.

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Edited by Hadiza Mohammed/Donald Ugwu

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