Rutba (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi air forces destroyed two Islamic State hideouts in Anbar province, a senior military source was quoted saying on Tuesday as the government struggles to clear the country from remnant terrorist cells.
The source from Anbar Operations Command told Alsumaria News that the strikes targeted two hideouts in a desert area at the city of Rutba (310 km west of Ramadi).
He said the two places were destroyed and all militants inside died consequently.
Iraq declared victory over Islamic State militants late last year, ending a three-year war against the militant group. Anbar’s town of Rawa, near the borders with Syria, was the last IS stronghold seized back by the Iraqi forces.
But despite the declaration of the end of IS’s territorial influence, several confrontations occurred between remnant militant cells, including at Anbar’s borders with Syria.