2 IS militants killed in airstrike in E. Iraq-Xinhua

2 IS militants killed in airstrike in E. Iraq

Source: Xinhua

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2024-04-24 03:00:45

BAGHDAD, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Two Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Tuesday in an airstrike in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, the Iraqi military said.

Based on intelligence reports, Iraqi warplanes carried out an airstrike on an IS hideout in the Himreen mountain range in northern Diyala, destroying the hideout and killing all militants inside, according to a statement from the Security Media Cell, a media outlet affiliated with the Iraqi Joint Operations Command.

Later in the day, an army force was sent to search the bombed site and found bodies of two IS militants, believed to be senior leaders of the extremist group in the province, in addition to the seizure of weapons and ammunition, the statement added.

The security situation in Iraq has improved since the defeat of the IS in 2017. However, IS remnants have sneaked into urban centers, deserts, and rugged areas, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians.