Iraqi raids kill dozens of jihadis, including ISIS official in Fallujah

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ARA News

ERBIL – The Iraqi air force launched Wednesday an airstrike targeting a security centre for ISIS in Fallujah city, activists and official sources told ARA News in Anbar province. 

At least ten ISIS militants were killed in the raid, including the ISIS deputy governor of Fallujah.

“The airstrike hit a building that was used by ISIS militants as a security centre,” local media activist Diab al-Jdeh told ARA News.  

The building, located in the Albu Ali district of Fallujah city where a group of ISIS members were meeting, was destroyed completely subsequent to the airstrike on Wednesday evening. 

Also, the Iraqi forces bombed a field hospital in southern Fallujah of Anbar province where injured ISIS militants were being treated. 

Speaking to ARA News, Iraqi army officer Karrar al-Saadi said that reliable local informers are providing the Iraqi air force with information about ISIS secret locations inside Fallujah. 

“Thanks to our sources, Wednesday’s operations were conducted accurately, killing and wounding dozens of ISIS terrorists, including leading members of the extremist group,” al-Saadi said. 

Reporting by: Sozbin Cheleng 

Source: ARA News 

Thousands of Iraqi families under ISIS siege in Fallujah

Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) has imposed siege on over 2,000 families from two villages south of the city of Fallujah, most of them are women and children, arresting dozens of young people from the two villages, official sources in the Iraqi army said on Sunday.

ISIS is reportedly using civilians as human shields to prevent the progress of the Iraqi army forces to Fallujah. 

“The Iraqi army is ready to liberate the two villages and lift the siege imposed by the terror group on the people,” the army said in a statement. 

In this regard, the military command of the Iraqi army in Anbar province announced in an official statement that the Iraqi troops were able to destroy several headquarters for ISIS in the region, and dismantled 45 explosive devices in different parts of the province [Anbar].

The Iraqi jets also destroyed ten ISIS-led cars in an airstrike in the area of Amiriyat al-Fallujah in the Anbar province, killing at least 20 ISIS jihadis and injuring dozens more, according to Salim al-Jaberi, a military commander in the Iraqi army.

Speaking to ARA News, Iraqi activist Saif Zahra said: “It seems that the military operations in Anbar province, specifically in Fallujah, have reached the stage of direct clashes with ISIS terrorists, especially the latter would not leave the city easily after two years of control.” 

“With the support of the US-led coalition forces, the Iraqi army forces started to intensify their military operations to undermine the group’s power and reduce the death toll among the stranded civilians in the city,” he argued. 

Fallujah has been under ISIS control since early 2014 after the withdrawal of the Iraqi security forces. Residents of the city suffer house arrest imposed by ISIS extremists, according to local sources. 

Reporting by: Ali Issa

Source: ARA News

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