"The security forces backed by the volunteers killed 26 ISIL terrorists and destroyed 3 vehicles […]," the unnamed military source was quoted as saying.
According to the news outlet, the militants were killed near Baiji, a strategic oil refinery town in northern Iraq.
The IS, a radical Sunni group also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has seized vast areas in Syria and Iraq beginning 2012 and 2014 respectively. The group, which declared an Islamic caliphate on territories under its control, is known for human rights atrocities, including beheading prisoners and posting videos of the events online. According to CIA estimates, the group numbers around 30,000 fighters, and includes many foreign national mercenaries.
The United States has been leading its own 60-nation coalition air campaign on IS strongholds since August in Iraq and since September in Syria, the latter despite no explicit permission from Syrian authorities.