ERBIL — About fifty Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in a series of airstrikes in northeastern Diyala, a local source said on Monday.
According to Awwad al-Ruvai's, head of the security committee of Abu Sayda Council, Basateen al-Mekheisa, and its surrounding areas located in al-Waqf basin on the outskirts of abu Sayda town (located in northeastern Diyala) were bombarded five times over the past two months. He explained that most of the airstrikes were accurate when targeting the IS positions, and the number of killed extremists in the area has reached fifty, IraqiNews reported.
The official further added that the area of Waqf basin has become an unsafe shelter for the IS militants, due to the ongoing military operations and aerial bombardments against the extremist group.
The province of Diyala was captured by the IS militants back in 2014, when the group first emerged in Iraq and declared its self-proclaimed "caliphate."