QAMISHLI – Iraqi army on Sunday reported the death of 40 militant fighters from the Islamic State (ISIS) in renewed airstrikes by the western coalition near Ramadi city, capital of Anbar province.
Warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition has bombed ISIS fighting positions and tactical units in the Hamdiyah district east of Ramadi.
“The strikes targeted four main strongholds for Daesh fighters,” said Ismael Mahallawi, Iraqi army officer and head of Anbar military operations, using an acronym for ISIS.
“Subsequent to the raids, our troops have collected corpses of at least 40 Daesh militants,” he said. “The strikes have also caused the destruction of several Daesh military vehicles and heavy machine guns.”
Although the Iraqi army expelled ISIS militants from the city of Ramadi in early February, the group remains active in the suburbs, where sporadic clashes continue between the militants and Iraqi troops.
The Iraqi army had declared the liberation of Ramadi from ISIS earlier in December. However, the militant group fought back and regained several districts across the city after renewed clashes with Iraqi army troops, where dozens of fighters were reported dead on both sides.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News