Four members of Islamic State (ISIS) were killed Saturday in an airstrike that targeted a terrorist hotbed in the Iraqi province of Diyala, a security source was quoted as saying.
Speaking to Baghdad Today news website, the source said that the Iraqi Air Force targeted a hotbed of Islamic State on the outskirts of al-Waqf basin, northeast of Baqubah, leaving four ISIS terrorists killed.
The source added that the air raid is the third to be launched against Islamic State militants in al-Waqf basin since the start of 2019, Iraqi News reports.
In January 2015, Iraqi forces announced liberation of Diyala province from Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
The province has seen months of fighting between Iraqi troops and IS militants especially in the Jalawla and Saadiyah areas in the province’s north and areas near the town of Muqdadiyah.
The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.
Islamic State militants on Saturday hung on to their last parcel of land in eastern Syria after several days of bombardment from U.S. fighter jets and pressure from all sides by advancing forces on the ground, FOX News reports.
Jiya Furat, the commander of the assault by the Syrian Democratic Forces, told Reuters that the militants are cornered and in a “very short time, we will spread the good tidings to the world of the military end of Daesh.”
The capture of Baghouz and nearby areas would mark the end of a devastating four-year global campaign to end the extremist group’s hold on territory in Syria and Iraq, their so-called “caliphate” that at the height of the militant group’s power in 2014 controlled nearly a third of both Iraq and Syria.
President Trump on Saturday asked European allies to “take back” about 800 ISIS fighters and put them on trial. Trump said the U.S. “does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go. He vowed not to pull troops until after a 100 percent victory over the self-declared caliphate.
….The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go. We do so much, and spend so much – Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing. We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2019
ISIS became notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.
This is great news.
These savages are ANIMALS!