US military claims to have killed 8,500 Daesh militants in airstrikes

Published February 23rd, 2015 - 09:44 GMT

A senior US military figure has claimed that airstrikes against Daesh have killed 8,500 extremist fighters.

US Central Command chief, General Lloyd Austin, was speaking while meeting Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi on Monday.

Austin said that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [Daesh] militants were killed during US-led coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, in comments reported by the Iraqi defense ministry.

The US is leading an international coalition, which includes Jordan, France, Germany and Saudi Arabia, and has carried out numerous airstrikes against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

Austin claimed that the situation in the country better than before.

Meanwhile, at least four people were killed and 10 others wounded when an explosive device blew up Monday in an industrial neighbourhood of the capital Baghdad, according to Iraqi security sources.

Iraq has suffered a security vacuum since June last year, when Daesh stormed Mosul and declared what it called a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.

The US and partner nations have carried out more than 1,300 air strikes against Daesh in Iraq and Syria since operations began in August, according to the force.


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