Airstrikes kill dozens of ISIL militants in N. Iraq

Mosul was overrun by ISIL in 2014

Airstrikes kill dozens of ISIL militants in N. Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

Dozens of ISIL extremists were killed in Iraqi airstrikes in northern Iraq on Saturday, according to the country’s defense ministry.

Iraqi warplanes struck ISIL positions in the predominantly Turkmen city of Tal Afar, killing 21 extremists and destroying four vehicles, the ministry said in a statement.

Another raid killed 17 ISIL extremists and destroyed six boats in western Mosul, the ministry said.

In another development, Iraqi police commander Fadel al-Mehrab said a ISIL attack had been repelled southwest of Tal Afar.

“Five ISIL militants were killed and two motorbikes destroyed during the attack,” he told Anadolu Agency.

The Iraqi army, backed by U.S.-led coalition warplanes, is currently engaged in a massive offensive to recapture Mosul, the country’s second largest city, from ISIL.

The extremist organization has overrun Mosul -- along vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq -- in 2014.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Şubat 2017, 16:00