About 200 terrorists of the Islamic State group have been killed by the Iraqi Air Force to the west of Mosul near the Syrian border.
The Iraqi Air Force eliminated about 200 terrorists to the west of Mosul, carrying out airstrikes near the Syrian border, the RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing a statement, issued by the Iraqi military command on Saturday.
According to Iraqi military, their target was terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) group, who came from Syria to the Iraqi town of Al-Ba’aj.
“The Air Force carried out several airstrikes that led to the destruction of protective constructions and groups of IS militants. About 150-200 terrorists, who invaded from Syria to the town of Al-Ba’aj, were killed,” the statement, posted by the command’s press service on Facebook, reads.
The Iraqi command did not reported whether the terrorists planned to go to Mosul as reinforcements for the IS.
Since October 2016, Iraqi military have been conducting an operation to liberate Mosul, the second-largest city in the country, from the IS. The Iraqi security forces have already returned all the eastern part of Mosul and have been continuing the offensive in the western part of the city since February 2017.