Bodies of 12 Islamic State members found, west of Anbar

Dead Islamic State fighters’ bodies.

Anbar ( Twelve bodies of Islamic State members were found in the wake of an airstrike, carried out by the U.S.-led Coalition, west of Anbar, the Security Media Center said on Tuesday.

In a statement on Tuesday, Maj. Gen. Yahia Rasool, spokesperson for the center, said “the U.S.-led Coalition carried out an airstrike, under supervision of the Joint Operations Command and coordination of the Jazira Operations Commad, targeting a cave, where the militants were hiding, in one of the valleys, northwest of Rawa.”

“After the troops inspected the region, bodies of 12 Islamic State militants were found,” the statement said, adding that the strike leaders of the militant groups were among the killed ones.

Earlier today, news reports said 20 IS members were killed in an operation that targeted four tunnels in Annah, west of the province.

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.

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.

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