Four Islamic State militants killed in airstrike west of Anbar

International coalition aircraft. File photo.

Rawa ( Four Islamic State militants were killed on Sunday when Iraqi warplanes pounded their weapons factory in western Anbar, according to a paramilitary leader.

Qutri al-Obeidi, a leader at the Popular Mobilization in Anbar, told Almaalomah website that the warplanes bombarded a booby-trapping and weapons manufacturing workshop in the town of Rawa, west of Anbar.

He said the factory also included underground tunnels linking the area to other nearby workshops.

Anbar’s western towns of Annah, Qaim and Rawa have been held by the extremist group since 2014, when it emerged to proclaim a self-styled Islamic “Caliphate”.

Fighter jets from the Iraqi army and the international coalition have also regularly pounded IS locations in the province. The Iraqi government is expected to aim at those strongholds once the Mosul battle is concluded.

Violence and armed conflicts left 824 Iraqis dead  and wounded during the month of May, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq which excludes security members deaths


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