Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Twelve Islamic State members were killed in confrontations and airstrikes by the U.S.-led Coaition in Mosul, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said.
In a statement, the ministry said that Iraqi army troops invaded tunnels that Islamic State members use in al-Husseiniya region in Mosul.
The Iraqi troops, according to the statement, clashed with the militants and killed two of them, before an air coverage was requested from the coalition. An airstrike was then launched by the Coalition jets, destroying the tunnels and killing 10 militants who were inside.
Moreover, Nineveh police command said 13 IS members were arrested in southeast of Mosul.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency on Tuesday, Maj.Gen. Hamad Namis al-Jabouri said “an operation was carried out arresting some wanted militants.”
Thirteen militants were arrested, he said adding that the arrests took place in districts of al-Instissar, Jedidat al-Mufti and al-Nour in southeast of Mosul.
Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.
Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.