— Iraq Day (@iraq_day) October 21, 2017
On October 21, Major General Mahmoud al-Falahi, a commander of al-Anbar Governorate Operations announced that Iraqi warplanes destroyed a large camp of ISIS west of al-Rutbah town in the southern part of al-Anbar desert.
According to Maj. Gen. al-Falahi, airstrikes destroyed more than 11 vehicles including several VBIEDs that were inside the camp. Maj. Gen. al-Falahi added that dozens of ISIS fighters were killed or injured in the airstrikes also.
Moreover, Maj. Gen. al-Falahi told the Turkish Anadolu Agency that the Iraqi Air force also repelled an attack of ISIS that targeted him personally around al-Rutbah town on October 20. According to Anadolu Agency, 7 vehicles of ISIS attacked a unit of the Iraqi Army led by al-Falahi in Wadi al-Ghazf area east of al-Rutbah.
Maj. Gen. al-Falahi said that Iraqi warplanes destroyed all ISIS vehicles before it could reach army positions. Maj. Gen. al-Falahi added that the Iraqi Army units didn’t suffer any loses during the failed ISIS attack.
Back on October 20, Iraqi sources reported that US-led coalition warplanes conducted several airstrikes on ISIS positions around the phosphate company in al-Qa’im city near the Syrian-Iraqi border. 40 ISIS fighters were killed, and 17 vehicles of ISIS were destroyed, according to the sources.
Lately the Iraqi Air Force and the US-led coalition intensified its aerial operations against ISIS al-Anbar governorate, especially along the Syrian-Iraqi border. The aerial operation is likely a part of the ongoing preparations of the Iraqi Army to launch an advance to capture the last ISIS stronghold inside Iraq, al-Qa’im city.