By Ali Mukarrem Garip

KIRKUK, Iraq (AA) – Members of the Daesh terrorist group killed six police officers in Iraq's northern Kirkuk province, a police source said late Wednesday.

Saad Harbiya, head of the Iraqi army’s Kirkuk Operations Command, told Anadolu Agency that terrorists had ambushed the officers in two separate attacks.

Large-scale operations were launched in the region where the attacks were carried out, he added.

In mid-2014, Daesh overran roughly one third of Iraq, including the northern city of Mosul.

By late 2017, the Iraqi army — with the help of the U.S.-led military coalition — had recovered most if not all lost territories from the terrorist group.

Although officials in Baghdad say Daesh’s presence in the country has been largely eradicated, the terrorist group has continued to stage sporadic attacks in Iraq's Nineveh, Kirkuk, Diyala, Saladin and Anbar provinces.

*Writing by Busra Nur Bilgic

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