Source: Iraqi Airstrike Kills over 24 Terrorist ISIL Commanders in Anbar
Iraqi warplanes hit an ISIL position in the Western province of Anbar and killed at least 24 high-profile commanders of the Takfiri group, a military source said.
Iraq’s Ministry of Interior released a statement on Friday, saying that the fighter jets targeted the ISIL gathering in Qaim district late on Thursday and left over 24 ringleaders dead and 19 others injured.
“We will inform the Iraqis about the names of these leaders, who were killed or injured later,” the statement added.
On Friday, the Iraqi army, backed by popular forces, also managed to seize back the city of Khalidiya from ISIL in a major stage of their massive operations in the Western Anbar province.
The Iraqi soldiers liberated Khalidiya after claiming the lives of large groups of the terrorists.
The liberation of Khalidiya came a day after the army troops broke the siege on the embattled Baiji refinery in the Northern province of Salahuddin, liberating some 300 soldiers during the operation.
Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesman for the Popular Mobilization forces, said on Friday that the troops are gearing up to clear the central city of Ramadi from the Takfiri troops.
“The operation will not begin in the next few hours, but in the coming days,” he said.
“It will be a large-scale operation involving tens of thousands of security forces and Hashed al-Shaabi,” Assadi said, using the Arabic name for the Popular Mobilization forces.
The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.
Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.
The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.