Iraqi warplanes destroy several ISIS hideouts in country

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) — Iraq’s warplanes destroyed several Islamic State (ISIS) hideouts between two Iraqi provinces, the army said early on Monday.

The security media cell said in a tweet that the country’s F-16 fighter jets conducted eight airstrikes against ISIS hideouts in areas located between Saladin and Nineveh.

The strikes “resulted in the destruction of several ISIS hideouts near the border separating Saladin and western Nineveh,” it added.

ISIS 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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