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US-led airstrike kills 3 ISIS militants in northern Iraq


A US-led coalition airstrike killed three ISIS militants in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk on Sunday, while a civilian was killed and two others wounded in attacks in the eastern province of Diyala.

Acting on intelligence reports from the federal police in Kirkuk, the US-led airstrike was conducted on an ISIS hideout in the area of Wadi Zghaytoun in the south the city of Kirkuk, some 250 km north of the capital Baghdad, the media office of the Joint Operations Command said in a statement.

The airstrike resulted in the destruction of the hideout, the statement added.

Separately in Diyala Province, a civilian was killed when ISIS militants opened fire on the residents of the village of Mkheisa, some 95 km northeast of Baghdad, Alaa al-Saadi from the provincial police told Xinhua.

Also in the province, two civilians were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion on the edges of the city of Jalawla, some 135 km northeast of Baghdad, Saadi said, adding the roadside bomb was apparently planted by ISIS militants.

Despite repeated military operations in Diyala, some ISIS militants are still hiding in some rugged areas near the border with Iran and in the sprawling areas extending from the western part of the province to the Himreen mountain range in the northern part of the province.

The security situation in Iraq was dramatically improved after Iraqi security forces fully defeated the extremist ISIS militants across the country late in 2017.

ISIS remnants, however, have since melted into urban areas or resorted to deserts and rugged areas as safe havens, carrying out frequent guerrilla attacks against security forces and civilians.

Last Modified: Monday، 08 July 2019 03:51 PM