Iraqi air forces flatten Islamic State hideouts in Hamrin mount

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) —  The Iraqi air forces targeted hideouts for Islamic State (IS) militants in a mount of Salahadin governorate, the state news agency reported on Saturday.

Hideout for the remnant militants of the Islamic State has been targeted by the Iraqi air forces in Hamrin Mountain, a key place where IS militants are utilized to operate due to the security vacuum.

“Based on accurate information obtained by the Iraqi indigence services about the presence of a terrorist den in the Hamrin mountain range, the air forces have carried airstrikes,” said INA, not mentioning details about whether it killed any militant or not.

The Islamic State terrorist group has been crushed in the country in 2017 by the Kurdish and Iraqi forces in coordination with the U.S.-led coalition to defeat the group.

But still, many IS remnants are operating in the areas that are known as “disputed” between the Federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

The militants have utilized the security gap, and for that reason, a joint coordination center has been built between the Iraqi forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, overseen by the U.S.-led coalition, aimed at eradicating the remnant terrorists.

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