Iraqi warplanes bomb ISIS positions in south of Kirkuk: reporter

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 bombed Islamic State (ISIS) positions in Tuz Khurmatu in south of Kirkuk early on Wednesday, Esta Media Network reporter said.

The Iraqi fighter jets carried out airstrikes against positions of ISIS remnants in areas of Ziglbana and Khashamna in west of Tuz Khurmatu at 07:00 a.m., the reporter said.

“The strikes lasted an hour,” he added.

The airstrikes come as the militant group has increased attacks against Iraqi forces and civilians in the area.

On Sept. 11, the militants attacked Iraqi federal police in Shbeja village in south of Kirkuk, killing three officers.

Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December 2017 but the militants have regrouped in the Hamrin mountain range which extends into the northern provinces – an area described by officials as a “triangle of death”.

Iraqi commanders have warned that the group has been regrouping in northern Iraq and relying on women to secure logistical support for their operatives in the Hamrin mountain range.

The area is caught between the jurisdictions of the Iraqi security forces and the Peshmerga forces.

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