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Multiple casualties during IS raid in southern Kirkuk Province

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IS gunmen conducted a pair of attacks in active environments of Kirkuk Province on the evening of 2 December. In one attack, insurgents targeted a position manned by ISF and PMF personnel on Hawija – Riyadh Road near Rabza Village. No casualties were reported. Similar attacks against checkpoints and other positions along this road are commonly seen on an intermittent basis. Casualties typically remain moderate or absent, illustrating risk adverse stand-off style engagements. Related threats involve the common IS practice of emplacing IEDs along nearby routes in conjunction with direct fire attacks.

At around 21:00 on 2 December, IS gunmen attacked Mala Nasir Village, located in the Rashad area of Daquq District. The home of the Rashad Local Council Chairman, Amir al-Kurdi, formed the primary target. Clashes ensued between the gunmen and security personnel comprised of Hashd al-Ashairi personnel, Rashad Police, and responding Federal Police units. One Hashd al-Ashairi member was killed, and another member was wounded along with two other individuals. No IS casualties were reported as the insurgents broke contact. This attack could have gained significant propaganda value had it instead proved highly effective concerning the intended ranking GoI target.

 

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