Iraqi warplanes kill four Islamic State militants in Anbar
Anbar, IRAQ – Four ISIS militants were killed Sunday in an air raid that was launched by the Iraqi Air Force in Anbar province, according to security sources in Iraq.
Speaking to Almaalomah news website, the source said, “Iraqi warplanes targeted an armored vehicle carrying foodstuffs, ammunition and explosive belts of Islamic State in the desert of Ar-Rutbah district, west of Anbar.”
“The airstrike left four Islamic State terrorists killed,” the source said, adding that the operation was launched upon accurate intelligence reports.
Yesterday we reported that in an Iraqi military commander has said that five leaders of Islamic State were killed during a reconnaissance operation in the western province of Anbar.
Speaking to IKH News website on Saturday, Commander of Anbar Operations Major General Mahmoud al-Falahi said that Iraqi warplanes were on a reconnaissance mission in Anbar’s western desert when they spotted a pickup truck carrying five Islamic State leaders.
He added that the troops immediately opened fire at the terrorists, killing them all.
“The troops also seized three explosive belts and a huge amount of weapons and ammunition during the operation,” he noted.
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.
The group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.
Islamic State, however, continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.