Iraqi warplanes kill three Islamic State militants in Diyala

Paramilitary fighters and military vehicles are seen during a military operation to retake positions held by Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of Muqdadiyah in Diyala province, north of Baghdad January 25, 2015. Picture taken January 25, 2015. REUTERS

Diyala ( – Iraqi warplanes targeted on Saturday a gathering of Islamic State militants  in Diyala province, leaving three of them dead.

Spokesman for the Iraqi Security Media Council Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasool said that “the Iraqi Air Force killed three IS terrorists and destroyed one of their hotbeds near A’isha camp in eastern Anjana on the road linking Baghdad to Kirkuk in Diyala.”

The Iraqi fighter destroyed two Islamic State armored vehicles in the airstrike, Iraqi website Baghdad Today quoted Rasool as saying in a statement.

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.

Despite the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.

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