Six ISIS militants killed, 10 hideouts destroyed in Baghdad, Diyala: military

File – Iraqi security forces launch operation in Saladin province

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Six Islamic State (ISIS) militants were killed and 10 hideouts were destroyed in Baghdad and Diyala provinces, according to the Iraqi military.

Iraq’s security media cell said the country’s fighter jets carried out an airstrike against a “terrorist cell” in Tarmiya district, north of Baghdad.

Six “terrorists” were killed in the airstrike, it added.

In Diyala, Iraqi forces carried out an operation in Azim district, destroying 10 “terrorist” hideouts, two tunnels and three positions, the security media cell in a separate statement.

The security forces also found five explosive devices, three grenades, a rocket launcher, a mortar shell and three rifle magazines, it stated.

On Monday, spokesman for Iraq’s commander-in-chief of the armed forces Yehia Rasool said four more ISIS militants were killed in a strike in east of Makhoul mountain in Saladin province.

Iraqi warplanes targeted a pickup truck in Kirkuk province, killing two ISIS leaders and a militant, according to the Iraqi military.

The airstrike was in retaliation for the recent ISIS attack that killed 11 soldiers in Diyala province, 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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