2 Islamic State militants killed, 4 arrested in operations in Iraq

Kurdish fighters
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters prepare to join others near a position which has been hit by Islamic State car bombs in Sinjar, March 11, 2015. Women fighters at a PKK base on Mount Sinjar in northwest Iraq, just like their male counterparts, have to be ready for action at any time. Smoke from the front line, marking their battle against Islamic State, which launched an assault on northern Iraq last summer, is visible from the base. Many of the women have cut links with their families back home; the fighters come from all corners of the Kurdish region. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih PICTURE 27 OF 32 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "KURDISH WOMEN BATTLE ISLAMIC STATE" ?SEARCH "WAGUIH PKK" FOR ALL IMAGES - RTX1AUIN

Two Islamic State (IS) local leaders were killed and four militants arrested on Monday in two security operations in northern and western Iraq, the Iraqi military said.

In the northern province of Kirkuk, a force from the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) conducted a security operation, based on intelligence reports, in Daquq area in the south of the provincial capital Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, Yehia Rasool, spokesman of the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi forces said in a statement.

The operation resulted in the killing of two IS local leaders and the arresting of two others, the statement said.

In the western province of Anbar, another CTS force conducted a separate security operation near the town of al-Garma near the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west Baghdad, and resulted in the arresting of two IS militants, the statement added.

The two operations came as the IS militants have intensified their attacks on the security forces and civilians in the formerly IS-controlled Sunni provinces.

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.

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