Upwards of 40 Daesh militants killed in Iraqi air assault
A picture taken in the early hours on December 27, 2015 shows smoke billowing in Ramadi's Hoz neighborhood during military operations conducted by Iraqi pro-government forces against Daesh. (AFP/File)
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At least 40 members of Daesh have been killed in separate operations by the air force in Iraq’s crisis-hit western province of Anbar as well as the northern province of Salahuddin.
On Sunday, a total of 25 Daesh militants were killed when Iraqi fighter jets carried out a precision strike against the extremists’ position in the town of al-Qaim, situated about 500 kilometers (about 310 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad, Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network reported.
Iraqi military aircraft launched a separate air assault west of al-Siniya (Chinese) district in Salahuddin Province, leaving 15 Daesh militants dead and a number of their vehicles destroyed.
Elsewhere, in the western city of Hit, located about 140 kilometers (85 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraqi jets carried out a precision strike against a Daesh-run bomb-making workshop, destroying all the explosives inside and killing several terrorists there.
An unspecified number of militants were also killed during Iraqi army aerial assaults on Daesh bases in Share’ and Taban districts west of the city of Samarra, located 125 kilometers (78 miles) north of Baghdad.
Moreover, Iraqi warplanes struck and destroyed Deash oil storage facilities in the oil-rich Haqoul Ajil district, east of the strategic city of Tikrit, itself situated 140 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of Baghdad.
Separately, Iraqi security forces made fresh gains against Daesh in the city of Husaybah, which lies seven kilometers (4.5 miles) east of Anbar’s provincial capital city of Ramadi, on Sunday.
Earlier on Sunday, Sabah al-Numan, a spokesman for Iraqi counter-terrorism units, said Iraqi government forces had seized control of the former government compound in central Ramadi, the last Daesh stronghold in the western city.
He added that Iraqi forces are removing roadside bombs as they push forward.
The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Daesh began an offensive through Iraqi territory in June 2014. Army soldiers and Popular Mobilization units have joined forces and are seeking to take back militant-held regions in joint operations.
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