Iraqi jets strike ISIS hideouts south of Kirkuk: military

Three Iraqi Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons fly in formation during a training sortie above an undisclosed location on July 18, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi warplanes destroyed several Islamic State (ISIS) hideouts in Kirkuk province, Iraq’s military said on Thursday.

In a statement, Iraq’s security media cell said the country’s fighter jets carried air strikes again ISIS dens in Wadi al-Shay area in Daquq district, south of Kirkuk.

On Wednesday, the Iraqi warplanes carried out strikes against ISIS positions in west of Tuz Khurmatu.

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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