TEHRAN- As many as 70 members of ISIL terror group were killed in an aerial operation on terrorists’ positions in the Northwestern Iraqi Nineveh Province, a defense ministry statement said Thursday.
Iraq’s Defense Ministry said in the statement that around two dozen ISIL commander were among those killed in the airstrikes conducted on ISIL’s positions South of Tal Abtah in Nineveh Province.
The statement, published by Sumeriya News, added that the operation resulted in the annihilation of 20 ISIL commanders along with 50 other members of the terror outfit.
In a separate operation, the Iraqi warplanes destroyed an ISIL’s weapon and ammunition cache and a workshop used by the militants for making IEDs and other improvised devices in the Akashat Desert in Western Anbar Province.
Earlier on Thursday, the ISIL terrorists exploded two car bombs and an explosive package in Kokjeli, West of Mosul, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens more.
A UN statement did not assign blame for the attacks, but ISIL militants retreating from the Iraqi military’s offensive in the Northern city have repeatedly shelled “Liberated” areas, killing or wounding scores of residents fleeing in the opposite direction, the Daily Star reported.
The Northern city of Mosul fell to ISIL in 2014, when the terror outfit began its campaign of death and destruction in the Arab country.