US Launch Deadly Airstrikes, Kill 250 ISIS Fighters in Fallujah
If the figures are confirmed, the strikes would be among the deadliest against the jihadist group.
A US-led coalition aircraft has waged a series of deadly strikes against Islamic State around the city of Fallujah in Iraq on Wednesday, according to US officials.
At least 250 suspected fighters have been killed in the attack and at least 40 vehicles have been destroyed, according to preliminary estimates. If the figures are confirmed, the strikes would be among the deadliest against the jihadist group.
The strikes, which took place south of Fallujah, where civilians have also been displaced, are just the latest setback suffered by Islamic State in its self-proclaimed ‘ ‘caliphate’ of Iraq and Syria.
The group’s territorial losses are not diminishing concerns about its intent and ability to strike abroad, however. Turkey pointed the finger at ISIS for a triple suicide bombing and gun attack that killed 41 people at Istanbul’s main airport.
We’ve made, I think, some significant progress, along with our coalition partners, in Syria and Iraq, where most of the ISIS members are resident right now. But ISIS’ ability to continue to propagate its narrative, as well as to incite and carry out these attacks... I think we still have a ways to go before we’re able to say that we have made some significant progress against them.John Brennan, Chief, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
On the battlefield, the US-led campaign against ISIS has moved up a gear in recent weeks, with the government declaring victory over the terror group in Falluja.
An alliance of militias have also launched a major offensive against the militants in the city of Manbij in northern Syria.
Still, in a reminder of the back-and-forth nature of the war, US-backed Syrian rebels were pushed back from the outskirts of an ISIS-held town on the border with Iraq and a nearby air base on Wednesday after the jihadists mounted a counter-attack, two rebel sources said.
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