The U.S.-led coalition announced on July 4 that it had launched a series of airstrikes on ISIS cells in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh.
The airstrikes, which took place on June 24, were carried out by U.S. F-35 stealth combat aircraft. ISIS hideouts and tunnels in the Makhmur mountain range were struck. The results of the airstrikes were not released.
Yehia Rasool, a spokesperson for the Iraqi Commander-in-Chief, revealed that the airstrikes were carried out according to “accurate Iraqi intelligence information.”
#ICYMI, thanks to Iraqi Intelligence @CJTFOIR #F35 jets strike an ISIS bed down location in the Makhmur mountains of #Iraq on June 24. #Iraqi forces continue to find these terrorists wherever they try to emerge. #firepower #IraqiArmy #DestroyDaesh @modmiliq. pic.twitter.com/62yf8fE0QU
— William Seely (@william_seely) July 3, 2020
وفقاً لمعلومات استخبارية دقيقة، وبأمر من قيادة العمليات المشتركة العراقية، طيران التحالف الدولي ينفذ ضربات جوية ضد أنفاق تستخدم من قبل عناصر عصابات #داعش الإرهابية في #نينوى. pic.twitter.com/p4HCWi7KTI
— يحيى رسول | Yehia Rasool (@IraqiSpoxMOD) July 4, 2020
The Makhmur mountains are teeming with ISIS cells. From there, the terrorists launch attacks against Iraqi government forces on a regular basis. The U.S.-led coalition targeted the mountains several times this year.
Last month, Joint Task Force of US-led international coalition reportedly conducted 59 operations and 12 strikes against Daesh in Iraq and Syria. As a result, 39 Daesh leaders and 123 detainees were killed.
Iraqi government forces are now intensifying their operations against ISIS remnants throughout Iraq. The Iraqi Air Force and the coalition’s air force are playing an increasing role in these operations. As a result, the group’s cells are sustaining serious losses.