Iraqi artillery attack kill 24 Dash militants in Anbar province

Published June 4th, 2016 - 06:00 GMT
Iraqi counterterrorism forces drive across the Anbar province, toward Fallujah. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
Iraqi counterterrorism forces drive across the Anbar province, toward Fallujah. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

Iraqi security forces have launched artillery attacks against Daesh in the city of Hit in the western province of Anbar, killing some 24 militants.

Major General Qassem al-Mohamadi, the commander of al-Jazeera operations, said the militants were killed as Iraqi artillery shells hit Daesh concentration centers in the district of al-Doulab in Hit, 70 km west of Ramadi City, the Arabic-language al-Sumaria news website reported Friday.

The Iraqi military recaptured the central city of Ramadi, Anbar’s provincial capital, last December.

He added that six other militants were also wounded in the artillery attacks that left the militants’ positions and weapons destroyed.

The report added that the Iraqi forces are carrying on with their military operations to liberate the Daesh-held areas on the outskirts of Hit from the control of the militants.The security forces liberated Hit in April after weeks of fighting.

The development comes as the security forces are engaged in a wide-scale military operation in the western province to liberate the city of Fallujah from the militants.

Gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh launched an offensive in the country in June 2014, and took control of portions of the Iraqi territory.

The militants have been committing vicious crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and others.

The Iraqi army and volunteer forces are involved in operations to win back militant-held areas.

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