Airstrikes kill sixteen Islamic State members in western Mosul

Federal police members carry their weapons as they attempt to break into the Old City during a battle against Islamic State militants, in Mosul, Iraq March 19, 2017. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Mosul ( Sixteen Islamic State members were killed, a booby-trapping workshop was destroyed in airstrikes in several parts in western Mosul, the War Media Cell said.

In statements the WMC media service said “The Iraqi fighter jets launched several airstrikes that killed four terrorists who were targeting the security troops as well as liberated regions in al-Refaie district in western Mosul.”

“An underground weapon stash was destroyed. Six terrorists were killed, while others were destroyed on 17 Tamuz [July 17th] district. Booby-trapped and armored vehicles were destroyed, while three terrorists were killed in Hatra region,” the service added.

“A booby-trapping workshop was destroyed, while three terrorists including two foreigners were killed in Tal Afar town,” according to the statements.

In related news, Federal Police Chief Lt.Gen. Shaker Jawdat indicated crackdown on the IS militants in al-Jisr al-Khamis region killing six members and liberating 70 percent of al-Haramat al-Thaniya district. He also announced controlling an ammunition stash as well as approaching toward al-Iqtisadiyeen district with 500 meters.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Nineveh operations command said the army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service forces killed Abu Ayoub al-Shami, IS military commander for the Islah al-Zeraie district, along with three of his aides. The troops also took over al-Maamel (laboratories/factories) area.

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