Roadside bomb kills Iraq army officer

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi army captain was killed and two soldiers wounded Wednesday when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle in farmland north of the city. Baddaa security official told AFP.
There was no immediate request for the bombing, which happened in Tammiya About 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the capital, the official said, when the army was on patrol.
The area is a known hotspot for Islamic State group sleep cells, who remain active five years after the Iraqi government declared victory over the jihadists.
Tarmiya’s orchards and palm groves are interwoven by a network of irrigation canals that make the area an ideal refuge for warriors.
Iraqi counterterrorism units carry out regular search operations in the area to prevent it from being used as a launchpad for attacks but the terrain favors sleeping cells.
IS is the shadow of the power that sweeps across vast lands Iraq and nearby Syria in 2014 and imposed its murderous cult rule.
But it could still call on an underground network of 6,000 to 10,000 fighters to carry out attacks on both sides of the porous border, according to a United Nations report released earlier this year.


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