Qaim (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi air force have destroyed an Islamic State convoy in western Anbar, intelligence sources have said.
Fighter jets managed to kill the group’s so-called wali of Qaim, Abu Ahmed al-Iraqi, along with huge number of militants, the sources told Shafaq News.
The convoy was composed of ten vehicles, driven by the militants. All were destroyed as they attempted to escape from the town to Syria’s Al-BuKamal.
In related news, security source said the militant group executed two senior leaders in AlBuKamal town, after they fled battles in western Anbar.
“IS set two senior leaders on fire in AlBukamal,” the source told Alghad Press.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said, “the leaders escaped liberation battles in Ebeidi, west of Anbar.”
Ebeidi, located east of Qaim, was freed on Tuesday before Iraqi troops raised flags on top of buildings.
In a daily press briefing on Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi promised announcing liberation of Qaim within “few days”.
Many IS militants reportedly fled Qaim heading to al-BuKamal in Syria, after several leaders ran away and were killed in airstrikes by the Iraqi and U.S.-Coalition jets.
Oerations were launched last week to liberate Qaim and Rawa towns.
Each of Qaim and Rawa have been held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic “Caliphate”.