Iraqi jets conduct seven strikes against ISIS hideouts in Saladin

An Iraqi Air Force F-16 conducts training with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 28th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron over Iraq on May 26, 2019. (U.S. Air Force via CJTFOIR)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi warplanes conducted seven airstrikes against Islamic State (ISIS) hideouts in Saladin province on Saturday, Iraq’s military said.

The Iraqi F-16 jets targeted five ISIS hideouts in east of Saladin, the security media cell said in a statement.

Islamic State controlled roughly a third of Iraq between 2014 and 2017.

Iraqi forces and Kurdish troops backed by U.S.-led Coalition forces as well as Iran-backed Shia militias defeated the militant group in 2017, but its members still roam areas of northern Iraq and northeastern Syria.

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