On April 29, warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition carried out a series of airstrikes on ISIS positions in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala.
Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for the coalition, said the airstrikes targeted several caves of the terrorist group in Hamrin Mountains. The mountain chain, which borders Iran, is known to be infested with ISIS cells.
VIDEO: Bombs away! ISIS stronghold in Hamrin Mountains, Iraq is blasted by @CJTFOIR jets, April 29. The @modmiliq relentlessly pursues Daesh.🛩💥
إنفجار ! قامت طائرات التحالف بتفجير كهوف وأنفاق داعش في جبال حمرين pic.twitter.com/C7ZVHCCQeU
— OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III (@OIRSpox) April 30, 2020
The U.S.-led coalition’s airstrikes coincided with a large security operation by Iraqi government forces against ISIS cells in the same region.
Iraq’s Security Media announced on April 30 that seven terrorists of ISIS were eliminated in the course of the operation, that was supported by Iraqi attack helicopters. Government forces also uncovered 5 hideouts of the group and seized loads of weapons and explosives.
The Iraqi military, security forces and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) conduct joint security operations in Hamrin Mountains on a regular basis. Nevertheless, ISIS cells are still active in the region.
The involvement of U.S.-led coalition and Iraqi warplanes will likely allow to restrict the movement of ISIS cells in the region and inflict more losses on the terrorist group.