Iraq Military: 27 ISIS Killed in Two Week Offensive

Offensive included hundreds of airstrikes

The Iraqi military has reported the completion of a two-week offensive against ISIS targets in Nineveh Province, saying they’ve killed at least 27 militants and destroyed 120 “positions and caves” since March 9.

The offensive was not widely reported on at the time, and appears to have relied heavily on airstrikes, with the military reporting 312 airstrikes as responsible for most of the bombardment.

The military suggested a substantial but as yet unreported death toll from the airstrikes, saying they’d killed an unknown number in the caves and such, and that the 27 reported killed were slain by ground troops when they tried to flee from the caves after strikes.

The attacks concentrated on Makhmour, Nineveh, which is north of Baghdad and not far from the Kurdish capital of Irbil. The area has been one of several of ISIS interest in the past, and home to a large refugee camp in which ISIS fighters have been held.

Author: Jason Ditz

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