Iraqi warplanes kill three Islamic State terrorists in Nineveh

Iraqi troops arrest a suspected Islamic State militant. File photo

Nineveh ( – Iraqi warplanes killed on Monday three members of the Islamic State terrorist group during a military operation in Nineveh province, the Security Media Cell announced.

In a statement carried by the privately-owned Algahd Press website, the Security Media Cell said that the three IS militants were in a car when an airstrike by the Iraqi Air Force targeted them in Nineveh province.

Meanwhile, the paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces seized a vehicle that was used by the Islamic State militants near a valley in Nineveh, the statement read.

In al-Jazeera region, the Security Media Cell said that its forces managed to destroy two Islamic State terrorist hotbeds and two explosive charges.

The Joint Operations Command had launched the “Victory Will” operation on Sunday morning to pursue Islamic State remnants, who are still at large on the country’s vast border with Syria, mainly in Nineveh, Salahuddin and Anbar provinces.

Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in November 2017 with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.

IS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.

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