Three Islamic State hideouts destroyed in Iraq by the coalition
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Three Islamic State (ISIS) camps have been destroyed in northern Iraq by coalition aircraft in coordination with the Iraqi government, military officials announced Saturday.
ISIS hideouts were targeted in Wadi al-Shai, an area in Kirkuk Province located in the northern part of the country and known to have become an ISIS hideout, officials said.
Hideouts in rural regions in Iraq have become the new modus operandi for the terrorist organization after Iraqi Security Forces and Syrian Democratic Forces destroyed the last ISIS stronghold in March 2019.
“The Iraqi Security Forces have tactical overmatch against ISIS; airstrikes help destroy ISIS targets in terrain difficult to reach by standard vehicles,” Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a coalition military spokesman, said in a statement Saturday. “Blowing up ISIS hideouts in bucolic locations ultimately results in security in cities and villages.”
Iraqi citizens have largely rejected the presence of ISIS in Iraq and have helped to drive the terrorists into rural desert and mountain areas, after being reportedly “liberated from formerly ISIS-held areas,” according to military officials Saturday.
U.S. military personnel continue to encourage Iraqi citizens to come forward with information about ISIS and to contact local security officials.
“Each Coalition precision airstrike is conducted at the request of the Government of Iraq to help achieve a permanent defeat of Daesh,” Caggins said.
ISIS regional leaders and operatives continue to be targeted and “neutralized,” according to military officials, forcing them to hide in rural areas.
Source: Fox News