Dozens of Islamic State militants killed in airstrike, west of Mosul

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Mosul ( Forty-six Islamic State members were killed in an airstrike, west of Mosul city, the War Media Cell has said.

In a statement on Friday, WMC media service said “an airstrike launched by the Iraqi army fighter jets, to support the paramilitary troops, left 46 militants killed and four vehicles, two of which were booby-trapped, destroyed in Baaj and Qairawan regions,” west of Mosul.

On Wednesday, al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) launched the second phase of operations to liberate the remaining villages in the vicinity of Qairawan, which was freed earlier this week, and Baaj.

Previously in May, the Joint Operations Command said more than 16,000 IS fighters were killed since start of Mosul operations in October.

Iraqi commanders say they at least 90 percent of territories in western Mosul is under Iraqi troops control, predicting to retake the city before the end of May. Only two districts besides the Old City are under IS control.

Iraqi forces have been sweeping through northwestern neighborhoods over the past few weeks in a way to invade the strategic Old City, after finding it hard to invade from the south.

The eastern side of Mosul was retaken in January after three months of battles. Another major offensive was launched in February to recapture the western flank of the city.

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