Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Dozens of Islamic State (IS) militants were killed as Iraqi Air Force bombed six headquarters in Al-Qa’im town, west of Anbar, the War Media Cell (WMC) said on Wednesday.
“Iraqi Air Force warplanes have conducted airstrikes targeting six headquarters in the town of Al-Qa’im,” WMC said in a statement.
“Several IS elements were killed in the airstrike as they were holding a meeting in one of the destroyed headquarters,” the statement added.
IS has held the towns of Qaim, Rawa and Annah, on Anbar’s borders with Syria, posing threats to the liberated regions. IS havens are expected to be targeted by the Iraqi government, after security achieved victory in Mosul, the group’s biggest stronghold in Iraq.
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
Bombings and armed attacks are seen on almost a daily basis against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016.
More than 500 Iraqis were killed and injured during July due to violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).