Iraq: Eleven soldiers killed in Islamic State attack on base in eastern Diyala province

Province’s governor criticises the troops, alleging they were caught unprepared during overnight attack

Province’s governor criticises the troops, alleging they were caught unprepared during overnight attack

By MEE and agencies

Published date: 21 January 2022 08:38 UTC

Eleven Iraqi soldiers were killed in an overnight attack by Islamic State (IS) fighters against their base in the eastern province of Diyala, a military source and provincial governor said Friday.

“Eleven soldiers… have been killed during an attack carried out by the Islamic State… targeting a base of the army,” a senior military official based in Diyala told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The attack took place “around 2.30am (23:30 GMT) against a base in the Hawi al-Azim area,” the source added.

Diyala province governor Muthanna al-Tamimi confirmed the death toll, according to the Iraqi News Agency.

But he also hit out at the Iraqi army, alleging they were caught unprepared.

“The main reason [for this attack] is negligence on the part of soldiers, because the base is fortified,” he said.

“There is a thermal camera, night vision goggles and a concrete watch-tower.”

IS took over large swathes of Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Iraq declared the defeat of IS in December 2017, but a low-level insurgency by the Sunni group has persisted in the country, flaring up at various points.

IS claimed a bombing against a market in Sadr city, a Shia suburb of the capital Baghdad, that killed dozens of people in July last year.

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