Iraqi News

Iraqi airstrike kills 10 Islamic State militants in Salahuddin

Iraqi warplanes killed on Tuesday 10 Islamic State militants and destroyed two armored vehicles during an air raid in Salahuddin province.

“The Iraqi Air Force, in coordination with Salahuddin Operations Command, carried out an airstrike targeting Islamic State terrorists in Allas district in Salahuddin,” Alsumaria News quoted the Security Media Cell as saying in a press statement.

The air raids left 10 Islamic State militants killed and two armored vehicles destroyed, including a booby-trapped one, the statement read.

The operation also resulted in destroying two oil tankers at the site.

Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in November 2017 with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.

IS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.

Despite the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country. Source