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Iraqi F-16s Target ISIS Hideout, Eliminate Senior Leader in Diyala Province

Gulan Media January 8, 2024 News
Iraqi F-16s Target ISIS Hideout, Eliminate Senior Leader in Diyala Province

In a targeted operation, Iraqi F-16 fighter jets conducted airstrikes in Diyala province on Sunday, resulting in the death of at least four suspected ISIS militants, including a senior leader, according to military spokesperson Yehia Rasool.

Acting on prior intelligence, the fighter jets struck a hideout in Al-Quba village on Sunday night, where the suspected militants were believed to be hiding. Security forces assessed the strike the following day, confirming four casualties, including the corpse of Majeed Mayouf, identified as a senior leader of the terror group in the area.

The operation also resulted in the destruction of weapons and other equipment at the site, providing a blow to the remnants of ISIS in the region, as reported by the military spokesperson.

Iraqi Air Force has been actively targeting suspected militants, particularly in Kirkuk, Saladin, and Diyala Provinces. Ground operations against the radical group are also regularly conducted in these areas.

Since the conclusion of the US-led Coalition's combat mission in late 2021, the Iraqi Air Force has intensified its air campaign against the lingering ISIS threat. Notably, Iraqi airstrikes have claimed the lives of at least 70 ISIS militants, as disclosed by a top official in June.

Following the eradication of its self-styled caliphate by Kurdish, Iraqi, and international forces, ISIS has regrouped in remote parts of Iraq, continuing to pose a threat through sporadic hit-and-run attacks against both security forces and civilians.

In the ongoing efforts to combat ISIS, the Kurdistan Region's Peshmerga forces regularly collaborate with Iraqi forces in joint operations, particularly in the "disputed territories" between Erbil and Baghdad. These areas remain a focal point for counter-terrorism efforts due to the heightened activity of the terror group.

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