Anbar (IraqiNews.com) At least fifteen Islamic State militants were killed in an airstrike that targeted one of the group’s two holdouts in western Anbar, a security source said.
“One of the IS leaders, called Khaled Ali Abdul Latif and known as Abul Walid, was killed in an airstrike by the U.S.-led Coalition in Qaim, along with more than fifteen militants,” the source told Alghad Press on Sunday.
“The shelling targeted the group’s so-called education department in Al-Furat State,” the source added.
In related news, Iraqi army jets airdropped thousands of flags and leaflets on Qaim and Rawa towns, west of Anbar, urging citizens to stay away from the group’s headquarters and the militants to turn in themselves to security troops.
A statement issued on Sunday by the Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said, “Iraqi jets airdropped on Saturday evening thousands of leaflets and flags on Qaim and Rawa.”
Troops, according to the statement, “received orders to liberate the cities and are urging civilians to keep away from the militant group’s headquarters.”
On Saturday, 10 IS members were reportedly killed and seven booby-trapped vehicles were destroyed as Coalition jets launched airstrike in Rawa.
The Iraqi military has been distributing flyers over the past few days in Qaim urging residents to be prepared for imminent operations to retake their region from militants.
Anbar’s western towns 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”.