More than 150 ISIS militants, eight civilians killed in Iraq

Iraqi officials say 163 ISIS militants and eight civilians reportedly killed in Iraq in clashes

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

According to Iraqi officials, 163 militants of ISIS along with eight civilians were killed in Iraq on Thursday and Friday in ongoing clashes.

Air operations were carried out in the Anbar, Kirkuk and Saladin provinces of the country, in which approximately “124 ISIS terrorists were killed,” according to the Iraqi Defence Ministry’s statement released on Friday.

The ministry also said it destroyed a truck carrying hazardous explosive materials in the country’s north on Friday.

The militants were killed in separate operations, and some by Kurdish fighters, according to the country’s Interior Ministry.

It was also reported that among the dead, there were at least eight civilians, including police officers and soldiers, with another 23 injured.

US-led coalition forces carried out 13 ISIS targeted air strikes in Iraq on Thursday and 11 in Syria, according to the US.

Most of the air strikes in Syria focused on positions in Tal Abyad. The military also reported strikes targeted at ISIS in the vicinity of Al Huwayjah, Baiji, Falluja, Makhmur and Sinjar.

Several air strikes have been launched by the US-led coalition against the armed group in both Iraq and Syria since September, 2014.

An international coalition was formed against ISIS after it declared its “caliphate” in the region last year, and carried out mass murders which lead to the flee of many ethnic groups who previously lived in the region.

ISIS which has drawn in many foreign fighters has managed to seize about one third of Iraq and parts of neighbouring Syria after its bloody insurgency began last year.

Currently ISIS holds control over large swaths of territory, stretching eastward from the outskirts of Aleppo city, Syria’s largest, to Western Iraq.

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