IS militants unable to reseize Iraqi areas: official

2021-01-11 16:35:51 GMT2021-01-12 00:35:51(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BAGHDAD, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- A member of the Iraqi parliamentary security committee Mahdi Amerli said on Monday that militants of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group are unable to seize any Iraqi area, a local news agency said.

Amerli told Baghdad Today News Agency that there are some IS sleeper cells in some provinces that launch surprise attacks against security forces and civilians.

"These cells are unable to repeat the 2014 scenario by controlling some Iraqi provinces," the news agency quoted Amerli as saying.

Amerli's comments came in response to foreign media reports, which warned of a possible return of IS militants in Iraq and Syria.

Amerli said "such foreign reports, which warn of the return of IS militants to Iraq, aim to prolong the presence of U.S. and foreign forces in the country," according to the news agency.

He also said that the Iraqi security forces are fully prepared to face any threat to the country, it added.

The security situation in Iraq has been improving since 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. Enditem