6 IS militants killed in airstrike in western Iraq

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-06 03:05:08|Editor: yan
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BAGHDAD, June 5 (Xinhua) -- Six Islamic State (IS) militants were killed Wednesday in an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition aircraft in Iraq's western province of Anbar, the Iraqi military said.

Acting on intelligence reports from al-Jazira Operations Command, the U.S.-led coalition aircraft conducted an airstrike in northern al-Baghdadi area, some 180 km west the provincial capital Ramadi, killing six IS militants and destroying two of their vehicles, the media office of the Joint Operations Command said in a statement.

IS militants are still active in the vast Anbar desert which stretches to the border with neighboring countries of Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, as many civilians have been kidnapped or killed by the extremist group recently.

The security situation in Iraq was dramatically improved after Iraqi security forces fully defeated the extremist IS militants across the country late in 2017.

IS remnants, however, have since melted in urban areas or resorted to deserts and rugged areas as safe havens, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians.