Sunday, September 28, 2014

Global Impact: IS Militants Finally Had a Really, Really Bad Day

According to EFE, a total of 143 fighters with the jihadist Islamic State (IS) died Sunday in airstrikes and clashes with the Iraqi armed forces around the country, a security official said.

Of the dead, 82 died in fighting with the Iraqi police in the al-Tash and al-Buali al-Yasim zones, in the southern and northern parts of the city of Ramadi, the capital of western al-Anbar province, the source said, although he did not mention casualties among government forces.

Dozens of jihadists were wounded in the fighting.

The official, who asked not to be identified, said that the security forces will continue their operations until they expel the IS forces from the province.

In the same region, the US-led international coalition that is fighting IS bombarded several jihadist camps near the town of al-Karma, west of Baghdad, killing 11 Islamist fighters.

COMMENT: In addition, another 30 extremists were killed in an airstrike mounted by the international coalition in the area of Makhmur, 90 kilometers (56 miles) southeast of the city of Mosul, capital of northern Nineveh province.

Among those killed in that attack was the IS military chief for the area east of Mosul, Abu Anas al-Kurdi.

In addition, another 20 jihadists died in an air offensive conducted by the Iraqi Army against two houses used by the IS as meeting places in Duluaiya, 90 km (56 mi.) north of Baghdad.

US and French fighter bombers have been conducting airstrikes against jihadist positions in Iraq as part of the international efforts to destroy IS.

Since last June, IS has made significant conquests of territory and towns in the provinces of Nineveh, Saladdin and Diyala, in northern Iraq, and has declared an Islamist caliphate in the parts of Syria and Iraq that are under its control.

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