Anbar, IRAQ — Iraqi army warplanes killed seven Islamic State militants after bombarding their locations in Anbar province, a paramilitary leader was quoted saying on Friday, Iraqi News reported.
Qatari al-Obaidi, a local mobilization troops commander in Anbar, told Almaalomah website that army aviation targeted an underground tunnel belonging to the group in Wadi Jaal in Hit, west of the province, leaving more than seven militants dead.
Earlier RWT reported that in Baghdad, the Iraqi Joint Operations Command announced carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State members in Syria, adding that some locations were completely destroyed.
In a statement on Thursday, the command said “in response to commands by the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Haidar al-Abadi, and in coordination with the Joint Operations Command, the Iraqi F16 jets carried out today airstrikes against Islamic State locations as well as a missile stock, where militants were hiding, in Hegeen region in Syria.”
“According to preliminary information, the operation destroyed locations completely,” it added.
Earlier this week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has said troops managed to secure the Syrian side of borders and eliminate Islamic State members in Upper Euphrates. He also made instructions to secure the Iraqi borders to limit the infiltration of the terrorists.
The Iraqi-Syrian borders are under the control of joint troops of military and border guards.
Iraqi warplanes launched, earlier this month, a new wave of air raids against outposts of the Islamic State group in Syria.
Iraq declared victory over Islamic State militants in December, ending three years of operations to retake territories occupied by the militants to declare a self-styled “caliphate”.
Anbar’s town of Rarwa, close to borders with Syria, was the last ISIS bastion recaptured by the Iraqi forces. The government had said its forces regained full control over the borders with Syria, but militants have staged occasional attacks from there, prompting the government to carry out military raids on the group’s locations inside Syria.