49 Daesh terrorists slain in Iraqi army airstrikes
More than four dozen Daesh Takfiri terrorists have been killed during separate operations by the Iraqi air force in the country’s troubled northern province of Salahuddin.
A total of 49 Daesh extremists were killed when Iraqi fighter jets carried out precision strikes Monday against terrorist hideouts in Makishifa district, which lies near the holy shrine city of Samarra and 125 kilometers (78 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, Arabic-language al-Baghdadia satellite television network reported.
Separately, a dozen Takfiri terrorists were killed when Iraqi security personnel mounted a series of offensives in the city of Husaybah, which lies seven kilometers (4.5 miles) east of Ramadi, as well as two other regions in the embattled western Iraqi province of Anbar.
Iraqi government forces also defused 14 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on the outskirts of the oil-rich city of Baiji, located some 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of Baghdad.
Additionally, fighters from Popular Mobilization Units fired a barrage of artillery rounds at Daesh positions in Albu Shajal and al-Malahama districts of Anbar, killing seven militants. Six pickup trucks with machine guns mounted on were also destroyed in the fighting.
Moreover, a Daesh militant was killed as a roadside bomb he was trying to plant in the town of Tarmiyah, situated about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Baghdad, went off.
Iraqi security forces also Monday killed 17 Daesh extremists, injured another and defused 21 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during an operation in al-Karmah town, located about 48 kilometers (30 miles) west of Baghdad.
Gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh members launched an offensive in June 2014, and took control of swathes of Iraqi territory.
The Takfiris have been committing heinous crimes against all ethnic and religious groups in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others.
Units of army soldiers and volunteer fighters are seeking to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.