U.S. airstrike kills two terrorists inside Nineveh tunnel

This file picture shows an F-16 fighter jet operated by the Iraqi Air Force. (Photo by AFP)

Nineveh ( – Two terrorists were killed Tuesday in an airstrike on a tunnel in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, a security media cell said.

“Acting on information from the Nineveh Operations Command, the U.S.-led international coalition waged an air raid targeting a tunnel in Sukhairiat area in Nineveh,” Alghad Press website quoted the cell as saying in a press statement.

The airstrike left two terrorists dead inside the tunnel, the statement read.

Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in November 2017 with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.

IS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.

Despite the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.

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