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ERBIL – More than 170 militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) were killed in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul during airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition, activists reported on Thursday.
Warplanes of the international coalition bombed the districts of Bab Jdeed, Mansoura and Sinaa Qadimah in Mosul. The targets had recently witnessed intensive military activities by the ISIS radical group.
“The targeted districts include main ISIS headquarters,” media activist Abu al-Hakam told ARA News in Mosul. “The coalition hit direct targets for ISIS killing and wounding hundreds of militants in two days.”
“The hospitals of Mosul received corpses of 171 ISIS members on Thursday. They were all killed during the airstrikes,” he said. “Dozens others were killed during operations by Iraqi forces near Baiji, south of Mosul.”
A medical source in Mosul confirmed the death of dozens of ISIS militants after being hardly injured during the strikes on Thursday.
ISIS has silently buried 66 bodies of its militants in a mass grave in the western countryside of Mosul, the source told ARA News.
This comes only two days after the extremist group bombed the airport of Mosul and the military bases of Rafidain and Baghdadi in Tel Afar, in an attempt to prevent Iraqi army from using them in the expected anti-ISIS military campaign in Mosul.
ISIS has been fortifying Mosul city for months in preparation for a potential military campaign by the Iraqi army forces, which have vowed earlier to retake the city from the militant group in cooperation with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the U.S.-led coalition.
The Iraqi army has recently taken over Baiji area south of Mosul after fierce battles with ISIS fighters.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News