On June 3, the US-led coalition announced that its warplanes had targeted positions of ISIS in the Wadi Zaghatoon area near Kirkuk in northern Iraq.
According to Iraqi sources, the airstrikes targeted tunnels used by ISIS cells. The airstrikes reportedly killed a number of terrorists.
Video from today’s strike in support #Iraq Operation “Heroes of Iraq” destroying a Daesh bed-down location. Strike success from @CJTFOIR / Iraqi Planning #Teamwork. @SecMedCell @IraqiSpoxMOD #DefeatDaesh #DestroyDaesh pic.twitter.com/ksBcF65B2B
— William Seely (@william_seely) June 2, 2020
Video clip from the second @CJTFOIR strike in the Wadi Zaghatoon area near Kirkuk in support of ongoing Operation #HeroesOfIraq. The Iraqi Security Forces continue to clear areas where Daesh terrorists are trying to hide. @CJTFOIR @SecMedCell #Teamwork #DestroyDaesh @IraqiSpoxMOD pic.twitter.com/7Z5gVQdgnY
— William Seely (@william_seely) June 3, 2020
In a short statement, the U.S.-led coalition said the airstrikes were conducted to support an ongoing security operation by Iraqi government forces, dubbed “Heroes of Iraq.”
“The Iraqi Security Forces continue to clear areas where Daesh terrorists are trying to hide,” the statement reads.
Iraq’s new Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi announced the start of Operation Heroes of Iraq on June 2. The operation is designed to clear southwestern Kirkuk and the administrative border between Kirkuk and Saladin from ISIS cells. The Iraqi military and security forces are leading the operation.
ISIS remnants in Iraq intensified their operations in the last few months. However, the terrorist group sustained serious losses. Now, government forces appear to be on the offense once again.