Iraqi airstrike kills four Islamic State militants in Diyala

Islamic State fighters

Diyala ( – Four members of Islamic State (IS) were killed Saturday in an airstrike that targeted a terrorist hotbed in the Iraqi province of Diyala, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Baghdad Today news website, the source said that the Iraqi Air Force targeted a hotbed of Islamic State on the outskirts of al-Waqf basin, northeast of Baqubah, leaving four IS terrorists killed.

The source added that the air raid is the third to be launched against Islamic State militants in al-Waqf basin since the start of 2019.

In January 2015, Iraqi forces announced liberation of Diyala province from Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The province has seen months of fighting between Iraqi troops and IS militants especially in the Jalawla and Saadiyah areas in the province’s north and areas near the town of Muqdadiyah.

The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.

Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.

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