Islamists attack American airbase northern Iraq

Miitants of the Islamic State are seen roaming across the city of Mosul in the northwestern Iraqi province of Nineveh. File photo

ARA News 

ERBIL ــ Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) launched suicide attacks on the Ayn al-Asad Airbase in western Iraq, clashing with U.S. and Iraqi military forces in the area, Iraqi media sources reported on Saturday.

Local military sources confirmed that around nine ISIS suicide bombers were able to infiltrate into the airbase in western Anbar.

Ayn al-Asad Airbase, a U.S.-Iraqi base, is located in the largely Sunni province of al-Anbar.

The U.S. forces intervened to support the Iraqi troops after hours from ISIS attacks, according to media reports.

“The U.S. special forces were able to repel the attack and killed eight suicide bombers, while an Iraqi lieutenant pilot and two other soldiers were killed in addition to the injury of six other soldiers in the operations,” an official from the Iraqi army told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

In this regard, Iraqi political activist Jassim Khalaf said that the United States is determined to eliminate the terror group “after becoming a real threat to the global security.” 

“Daesh will receive painful blows from the U.S.-led coalition forces in the coming days,” he stressed, using an acronym for ISIS.

Earlier, the hardline group had attacked another U.S. military base north of Mosul and was able to kill an American soldier.

Over the past few weeks, U.S.-led coalition forces conducted several airstrikes on the Iraqi province of Anbar, killing a number of jihadi leaders and other militants from the extremist group, according to Iraqi officials.

The coalition’s airstrikes have recently killed dozens of prominent leaders of the radical group across Syria and Iraq, besides hitting tactical units and oil fields held by ISIS. The group has been suffering an apparent shortage in manpower in the recent weeks. 

Reporting by: Sozbin Cheleng

Source: ARA News

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