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Iraqi warplanes, choppers bombard Daesh positions in Kirkuk

31 December 2015 8:02


The Iraqi Air Force has pounded positions held by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group around the city of Hawija in the northern province of Kirkuk.

On Wednesday, Iraqi warplanes and helicopters carried out the airstrikes, which were aimed at paving the way for the liberation of the city. The Kurdish Peshmerga ground fighters also assisted the army in its aerial operation.

The Iraqi military is advancing toward the city and is tightening the noose on Takfiris after it successfully recaptured Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, earlier this week. Ramadi’s liberation is one of the most significant victories for Iraqi forces so far and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has vowed to rid the entire country of Daesh in 2016.

Meanwhile, a group of Daesh terrorists, disguised as Iraqi soldiers, executed 40 civilians, including women and children, in an area called al-Sharka in eastern Ramadi, the Iraqi News online newspaper reported.

The United Nations says that a total of 888 Iraqis, including 489 civilians, lost their lives and 1,237 others sustained injuries in acts of terrorism and armed conflict in November alone.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Daesh began their march through the Iraqi territory in June 2014. Army soldiers and Popular Mobilization units are seeking to take back militant-held regions in joint operations.

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