At least 100 members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, including some high-ranking commanders, have been killed when Iraq’s Air Force carried out a number of airstrikes against their positions across the western province of Anbar.
The Iraqi Interior Ministry, in a statement released on Friday, said that an F-16 fighter jet conducted 11 airstrikes against the designated targets in five separate districts, namely Qa'im, Akashat, Anah, Rawa and Rutbah, on Tuesday after analyzing field intelligence.
It went on to say that the airstrikes destroyed a large amount of the terrorists’ ammunition, weapons and explosive devices, adding that the aerial assaults also killed a top Saudi Daesh militant, originally from Jeddah, who was responsible for the execution of a number of Iraqi people.
The ministry’s statement came as Daesh terrorists detonated two bombs at the Nakheel Mall across from the Oil Ministry in eastern Baghdad on Friday night, killing at least 12 people and wounding 40 others. Police and hospital sources said the death toll was expected to rise.
On Thursday, a bomb went off near shops in the Euphrates neighborhood, southwest of the capital, killing two people and wounding five others. Daesh has frequently resorted to bomb attacks in the Iraqi cities, particularly Baghdad, in a bid to make up for its loss on the ground to the Iraqi security forces over the past months.
Gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh terrorists mounted an offensive there more than two years ago, and took control of portions of Iraqi territory.
The militants have been committing heinous crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.
Iraqi army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Mobilization Units have joined forces to win back militant-held regions, particularly Mosul, the second largest city in the Arab country, which has served as Daesh’s de facto capital in Iraq since it fell to the Takfiri terrorists in June 2014.