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Six IS members including in Coalition, army airstrikes in Diyala

Danish F-16 during an air strike against ISIS sites in Iraq. Archival photo.


Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Six Islamic State members, including a leader, were killed in airstrikes by the Iraqi army and U.S.-led Coalition jets in northeast of Diyala, according to sources on Saturday.

Speaking to Alghad Press, “Coalition jets launched in the evening two airstrikes that targeted a secret headquarters for IS cells at the outskirts of al-Leheib village, located in al-Zor basin, northeast of Diyala.”

“The shelling fully destroyed the headquarter, which turned out to be a rest house,” the source said. “The two airstrikes left five militants, including a leader, who were in a meeting, killed.”

Earlier on the day, Maj. Gen. Mazhar al-Azzawi, commander of the Dijla Operations Command, said an IS militant was killed in army airstrike.

“Army bombarded a pivotal target on the agricultural road between Bouthja and Kuseiba villages, killing an IS member,” Azzawi told AlSumaria News.

Earlier on the day, Iraqi troops regained full control on mountains that stretch out between Diyala and Kirkuk provinces, retaking areas between Zgheitoun bridge reaching until al-Fatha bridge, an area that stretches out 45 kilometers with depth of 15 kilometers.

A prominent leader, who has been known for transferring of the group’s weapons and explosives, was killed in aerial shelling by army on Friday.


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