Iraqi Airstrike Kills Seven ‘ISIS Suspects’ in Irbil

Iraq says attack targets remnants of ISIS

Iraqi warplanes carried out an airstrike against southwestern Irbil Province on Monday, killing at least seven people who officials described as “ISIS suspects” and members of the group’s remnants.

The airstrike was a follow-up to a Sunday ground operation by the Iraqi military and the Kurdish Peshmerga in the same area, which sought ISIS members in caves and tunnels.

This is a rare apparent success for the Iraqi air force, as most of their previous reported strikes involved an uncomfortable number of civilian casualties, or deaths of unspecified people.

This strike comes just days after Iran fired artillery into Irbil, which those officials said targeted unnamed terrorists. Iran was never clear who they hit, but it is at least possible they were after ISIS as well.

Author: Jason Ditz

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