By: Middle East Affairs
TIKRIT, Iraq: On Saturday, a police official stated that Daesh militias killed five individuals from the same family at a checkpoint on the edge of their town north of Baghdad.
The official also said that the killings occurred in Baiji region, around 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of the capital.
Moreover, he added: “A group of Daesh warriors originated from the Hamrin mountains, crossed the Tigris stream after 12 pm and assaulted the checkpoint at the passage to the town of Albu Juwari, north of Baiji. Five individuals from the family were killed and the sixth person was in a critical condition.”
All were individuals from a tribal militia operating working under the umbrella of the Hashed Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) paramilitary power that has battled the militias.
It should be noted that Daesh, which once controlled swathes of Iraq and neighboring Syria, has been pushed back by different offensives and expelled from the greater part of Iraq’s towns and urban areas, including the capital of its self-pronounced “caliphate,” Mosul.
Yet, in spite of Iraq pronouncing triumph over the militias in December, they have kept on utilizing inadequately populated zones, for example, the Hamrin mountains as launchpads for assaults.