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Dozens of ISIL militants slain in clean-up operations in Iraq

1 July 2015 8:27


Iraqi security forces together with volunteer fighters have killed dozens of ISIL terrorists during separate mop-up operations across the country.

The Iraqi security forces, backed by fighters from Popular Mobilization units, engaged Takfiri ISIL militants during separate operations across the country, killing dozens of the extremists in the fighting.

Scores of ISIL members were killed on Tuesday when Iraqi troopers stormed three militant hideouts in the Albu Sodeh region of the troubled western province of Anbar. The raids were carried out after intelligence units from Baghdad Operations Command located the places where ISIL Takfiris had been holed up, Arabic-language al-Forat new agency reported.

According to a statement released by the Iraqi Defense Ministry, a large number of ISIL militants were also killed when Iraqi fighter jets launched precision strikes against terrorist hideouts on the outskirts of the holy city of Samarra, situated 125 kilometers (78 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad.

The statement further said that a considerable amount of weapons and equipment belonging to the Takfiris were destroyed in the aerial attacks.

Commander of Anbar Operations Major General Qassim al-Muhammadi also announced on Tuesday that Iraqi airstrikes killed 10 ISIL members and demolished a house stashed with explosives and various kinds of munitions in the city of Habbaniya, located approximately 80 kilometers (49 miles) west of Baghdad.

Separately, Commander of Samarra Operations Major General Emad al-Zahiri said 21 ISIL extremists were killed as Iraqi warplanes struck their positions west of Jazirat Samarra district in northern Salahuddin Province.

Moreover, more than 40 ISIL members – among them Arab and Western nationals – were killed as Iraqi security personnel supported by tribal fighters and Popular Mobilization units carried out a series of mop-up operations in Anbar Province.

The Takfiris were slain during operations in Kasibah and Sab’ah regions plus several areas of the town of al-Karma, located 48 kilometers (30 miles) west of Baghdad.

The report does not mention the casualties on the side of the Iraqi forces.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have witnessed gruesome violence ever since Takfiri ISIL militants marched through Iraqi territory in June 2014.

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