Fifteen Islamic State members killed by Iraqi fighter jets, northeast of Diyala

Iraqi F-16 fighter jets. File photo.

Diyala ( Fifteen Islamic State members were killed in an airstrike, northeast of Diyala, a commander said on Sunday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, Mazhar al-Azzawi, said “fifteen Islamic State members were killed in shelling by the Iraqi fighter jets in Felkana region, northeast of Diyala.”

Security services have announced killing several Islamic State members in airstrikes against the rest houses of the militant group over the past few months.

Last week, the Iraqi Interior Ministry announced arresting two Islamic State members in two operations carried out in Diyala

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.

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014. However, the group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 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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