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Twenty Islamic State members killed in western Anbar

Islamic State militants. File photo.

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Twenty Islamic State members were killed, three booby-trapped vehicles were destroyed in west of Anbar, Al-Jazeera Operations Command has declared.

Speaking to AlSumaria News on Monday, Major-General Qassim al-Mohammadi, commander of the army’s Al-Jazeera Operations, said “the army’s 7th division, along with the Al-Jazeera Operations troops and the tribesmen, supported by the international coalition and the army fighter jets combed wide regions southwest of Haditha district [160 kilometers west of Ramadi].”

“The troops combed through 100 kilometers from the southwest of Haditha in the desert,” he added. “Twenty IS members were killed, while three booby-trapped vehicles, driven by suicide bombers, as well as a stash of weapons and rest houses were destroyed.”

Haditha city is fully controlled by security forces and tribal fighters, however, IS launches attacks there every now and then. The regions in the north of the lake are desert ones with a number of houses that are used by IS militants as hideouts.

Islamic State still holds a few areas in Salahuddin, Diyala, Anbar and Kirkuk, occasionally using them as launching points for its attacks against civilians and security.

Fighter jets from the Iraqi army and the international coalition have also regularly pounded IS locations in the province.



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