Monday evening Islamic State fighters assaulted Kakai village located in the Daquq region, one resident was killed during the raid. A local resident, Sardar Hama, who escaped told press that,

Late last night, nearly 40 to 50 ISIS militants seized control of a Kakai village, Ali Saray, killed one person and injured two others. The militants spoke Arabic. They described us as non-believers and the area as a place of Muslims. They vowed they would kill those who won’t pay allegiance to the Islamic State.”

The Islamic State members operating around Kirkuk and Diyala have increased their activities recently, the are frequently carrying out attacks against both security forces and residents after nightfall. Over the weekend a mother and daughter living in Hamrin village were beheaded when militants invaded their home in the middle of the night. According to a spokesman by the name of Hasan Pirwali, the two women worked for the Iraqi electoral commission. Representing the committee, Hasan told reporters that, “Last night, ISIS militants had raided their house and beheaded the mother of Ghazwan and her elder daughter. In addition to killing the mother and her daughter, they had beaten the other two sisters of Ghazwan with iron and severely injured them.” The surviving sisters are in the hospital with severe head injuries and have been listed as critical. The remaining pockets of Islamic State resistance are primarily in and around the Hamrin mountains. Militants have launched attacks numerous attacks from there, going after villagers and soldiers alike in the form of kidnappings and murder. Peshmerga intelligence officer Major Ahmad Mustafa informed the media that, large territories in Diyala are currently controlled by ISIS, including areas in Qaratapa, Nada, Naftkhana, Wadi Salab, Sheikh Baba gardens, and Kani Masi. Concluding with,

These areas are home to ISIS militants, and there are no forces there to confront them.”