Iraqi forces kill 18 Daesh militants in Fallujah

Published May 7th, 2015 - 07:30 GMT
Al Bawaba
Al Bawaba

Iraqi government forces have killed more than a dozen members of Daesh in the troubled western province of Anbar as they continue to battle the terrorists and purge various districts across the country of them.

According to a statement released by the Iraqi Defense Ministry, 18 Daesh militants were killed as Iraqi troopers fired a number of rockets at Daesh positions in the city of Fallujah, located roughly 69 kilometers (43 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad, on Wednesday.

The statement said a director for Daesh's economic and financial affairs, identified as Abu Sora al-Maslawi, was among the slain militants.

The development came only two days after Iraqi fighter jets pounded Daesh hideouts in the city of Shirqat, located some 300 kilometers (190 miles) north of Baghdad, and the districts of Makfoul, al-Mallaha and al-Ba’aji in the in the country’s northern province of Salahuddin.

A total of 59 Daesh militants were killed on May 2 as Iraqi soldiers exchanged heavy fire with the extremists in the town of al-Karma, located 48 kilometers (30 miles) west of Baghdad.

Iraqi security forces also defused 46 improvised explosive devices (IEDs), destroyed 15 militant hideouts as well as a pick-up truck with a heavy machine gun mounted on it, defused bombs planted inside 14 houses, and seized a Browning 50-caliber machine gun.

Separately, Iraqi soldiers killed 14 Daesh members as they destroyed militant hideouts in the western part of the capital. The troops also defused 55 IEDs in Baghdad’s southern neighborhoods of al-Khatimiya and al-Alimiya.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been in chaos since Daesh started its campaign of terror in early June 2014. The terrorists are in control of Mosul and they have swept through parts of the country.

Since then, Iraq’s army has been joined by Kurdish forces, and Shia and Sunni volunteers in operations to drive Daesh out of the areas they have seized with the recapture of the northern city of Tikrit being their most significant recent achievement.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material

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