Why Iraq and the Islamic State are not the same thing

An Iraqi woman holds a banner that reads “We are Muslims,” as she participates in a protest against ISIS in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, April 6, 2020.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for several attacks on security forces in the Iraqi city, including an attack on a military base in which a suicide bomber detonated himself near the main gate of the base, killing 13 soldiers.

The Iraqi military said Saturday that ISIS had fired on its base in the city of Samarra, killing eight Iraqi soldiers and wounding eight others.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the attacks were “unprecedented” and vowed that the security forces would hunt down and kill the militants.

The countrys second-largest city has been the target of a string of attacks in recent months, including a suicide bombing in the Shiite Sadr City district on Saturday that killed seven civilians and wounded dozens.

ISIS has also carried out multiple suicide bombings, including one in a police station in Mosul, the countrys largest city, on March 27.

In addition, Iraqi security forces have also suffered a number of attacks, including in Baghdad, a city that has been in ISIS control since 2014.

Al-Abidin said Iraqi forces had killed more than 600 ISIS militants since 2015.

“This includes more than 50,000 in Baghdad alone and hundreds of other terrorists,” he said.

Last month, the Iraqi parliament passed a bill banning ISIS and other extremists from entering Iraq.

Abadi announced that Iraq would close its borders with Syria and Syria would sever its ties with the group, while Iraqi security and intelligence officials have said ISIS would no longer be able to move its fighters and fighters’ supplies into the country.

As of April 5, there were an estimated 5,800 ISIS militants in Iraq and nearly 6,000 ISIS-affiliated fighters, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

This article originally appeared on CNN.com.