Iraqi warplanes kill three terrorists in Tuz Khurmatu – statement

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 Security Media Cell on Wednesday announced that at least three Islamic State terrorists were killed in the disputed Tuz Khurmatu district following an airstrike.

Three Iraqi F-16S had struck ISIS targets in the district, killing three terrorists, it said in a statement.

The air strike had been carried out following direct order from Prime Minister Mohammed Al-Sudani, and supervised by the head of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service, it added.

ISIS seized control of swathes of Iraqi territory in 2014. While the group has been declared territorially defeated in 2017, it still poses a serious security threat to the country which is capable of carrying out hit-and-run attacks and abductions of locals.

The militants are most active in areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad.

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