Over two dozen ISIL terrorists have reportedly been killed in separate military operations by Iraqi forces and tribesmen across the country’s western province of al-Anbar.
Malullah al-Obeidi, a senior local official, said Saturday that an armed unit of the Albu Mahal tribe conducted a “tactical operation” against ISIL positions in the village of al-Modaham near the Ayn al-Asad air base, located west of the town of al-Baghadi.
He further said that the operation led to the death of as many as 16 ISIL terrorists and inflicted heavy material losses on the terror group in the area.
According to Obeidi, the tribal fighters managed to destroy six ISIL vehicles and burn a container that was used by the Takfiris to carry fuel.
In another development in Anbar, the Iraqi forces, backed by armed tribesmen, managed to cut the militants’ supply route connecting the Iraqi town of al-Qa’im with the city of Kabisa, west of the provincial capital, Ramadi, said Lieutenant General Naser al-Ghannam, the commander of the offensives.
Ghannam further said the forces ambushed the Takfiri militants during the operations, killing 10 ISIL militants and burning their vehicles.
Elsewhere in Anbar, the Iraqi forces managed to repel an attack by the ISIL extremists on the headquarters of an army brigade in the city of Fallujah. An Iraqi commander and five other soldiers, however, lost their lives in the militant assault.
The Iraqi army, joined by volunteer fighters, has engaged in various military operations to flush the ISIL terrorists out of the areas they have under control since June 2014.