ERBIL — Seven people, members of the same family, were killed in airstrikes conducted by unidentified warplanes in western Anbar on Thursday.
According to a local Iraqi military source who spoke to Alquds Alarabi, the unidentified warplanes bombarded a house in the town of Rawa, which is under the control of the so-called Islamic State (IS). Most of the killed family members were children, the official added on condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, in the same town, the IS militants executed two casual army members, who had been kidnapped a few days earlier from the nearby town of Qaim, near the border with Syria.
The towns of Rawa and Qaim, both laying on the Euphrates River in western Anbar near the Syrian border, have been under IS control since 2014, when the extremist group captured large parts of Iraqi territory and declared its self-proclaimed "caliphate."
However, the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi announced his in recent statements that western Anbar will be the next step for the Iraqi forces after recapturing the town of Hawija in the province of Kirkuk.