SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said the security forces would continue to pursue Islamic State (ISIS) militants until they eliminate them in Iraq.
Kadhimi said in a tweet that the country’s air force had conducted a strike against ISIS militants in Anbar province.
In a statement, Iraq’s security media cell said Iraqi warplanes bombed ISIS hideouts in Anbar desert, killing six militants.
“We will continue to pursue these terrorists until we uproot them from Iraq,” Kadhimi said in a tweet on Monday.
“Those who attempt to terrorize the state through the use of arms will not stand a chance against our people and state institutions,” he added.
Islamic State controlled roughly a third of Iraq between 2014 and 2017, including the remote Makhmour region but also major cities including Mosul.
Iraqi forces, Kurdish troops and Iran-backed Shia militias defeated the militant group in 2017, but its members still roam areas of northern Iraq and northeastern Syria.