SOFIA — About 70 Islamic State (IS) members have been killed in an aerial operation on group’s positions in the Iraqi Nineveh province, a defense ministry statement said on Thursday.
Iraq's Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement released that around two dozen IS commanders were among the killed ones. The airstrikes were conducted on the IS positions in south of Tal Abtah in Nineveh province.
The statement, published by Sumeriya News, continues by saying that the operation resulted in the annihilation of 20 IS commanders along with 50 other members of the terror group.
Meanwhile in a separate operation, Iraqi warplanes destroyed an IS 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 IS insurgents exploded two car bombs and an explosive package in Kokjeli, west of Mosul, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens more.
Also on Thursday, the United Nations said in a report that up to four Iraqi aid workers and at least seven civilians were killed by indiscriminate mortar fire this week during aid distribution in two separate incidents in eastern Mosul.