UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday the launch of 14 coalition air strikes on targets of the Islamic State terrorist organization in the northern province of Nineveh.
In a statement seen by Anatolia, the ministry’s security information cell said coalition aircraft carried out 14 air strikes on IS targets in the Makhmour mountains of Nineveh province.
The airstrikes were part of an operation carried out by an elite counterterrorism task force (elite force in the Iraqi army) to hunt down ISIS remnants in the Makhmour mountains, she said.
It stated that the strikes killed a large number of militants of the terrorist organization, without mentioning specific statistics.
In 2017, Iraq declared victory over ISIS by reclaiming its entire territory, which has been held by IS since 2014, and was estimated to be about a third of the country, with the support of the US-led international coalition.
But the group still keeps dormant cells in large areas of Iraq and launches attacks between periods.
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