Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Dozens of Islamic State militants were killed and injured in an airstrikes launched by the Iraqi army and U.S.-led coalition in western Anbar, sources said.
Speaking to the Russian Sputnik news agency, the source said “the coalition jets shelled IS locations in Hasiba region in Qaim town, western Anbar, leaving more than 15 members killed.”
The shelling, which occured early on Sunday, left some members injured, the source added. Most of the members killed were from al-Tash and Ankour, west of Ramadi.
In related news, twelve militants were killed on Sunday as army jets targeted an IS convoy in westof Ramadi.
A source from Anbar Operations Command told Al-Ikhbariya news website that an airstrike by army targeted IS convoy as the militants were attempting an attack against troops deployed in al-Malha region, north of Haditha town, which left more than twelve militants killed.
Haditha city is fully controlled by security forces and tribal fighters, however, IS launches attacks there every now and then. The regions in the north of the lake are desert ones with a number of houses that are used by IS militants as hideouts.
Iraqi troops were able to return life back to normal in the biggest cities of Anbar including Fallujah, Ramadi and others after recapturing them. However, Anbar’s western towns of Annah, Qaim and Rawa are still held by the extremist group since 2014, when it emerged to proclaim a self-styled Islamic Caliphate.
Fighter jets from the Iraqi army and the international coalition have also regularly pounded IS locations in the province.