Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Six Islamic State militants were killed in airstrike that targeted western Anbar, a security source from the Shia-led paramilitaries in the province was quoted saying.
“Fighter jets bombed a booby-trapping workshop in al-Masharei region in central Qaim town, west of Anbar, which left six militants killed,” the source told Waradana news website.
The source indicated tunnels under the workshop that links the nearby regions to others. “The shelling caused explosion of several booby-trapped vehicles that were inside the workshop.”
In related news, a security source from the province said an IS leader was killed in Qaim.
Speaking to Alghad Press on Sunday, the source said, “jets killed Ali Anaz Suleiman Turfah Salmani, known as abu Othman, as shelling targeted a house he lives in at Qaim.”
The leader, according to the source, is considered a prominent figure at the so-called ‘caliphate department’.
Anbar’s western towns of Anah, Qaim and Rawa are still held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic Caliphate. Iraqi troops were able to return life back to normal in the biggest cities of Anbar including Fallujah, Ramadi and others after recapturing them.
Fighter jets from the Iraqi army and the international coalition regularly pound IS locations in the province.