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Int'l Coalition Raids ISIS Sites in Northern Iraq

Int'l Coalition Raids ISIS Sites in Northern Iraq

Tuesday, 23 February, 2021 - 09:00
US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt-2 (File photo: Reuters)

US-led international coalition warplanes raided a number of ISIS sites in Wadi al-Sham area of Kirkuk governorate, northern Iraq, announced the Joint Operations Command.

The Security Media Cell said in a statement Monday, that the Joint Operations Command ordered the attack after receiving accurate intelligence information from the Iraqi National Intelligence Service.

Following the strikes, the joint force from the 45th Brigade of the 8th Division of the Iraqi army accompanied by a unit of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service in Kirkuk combed the area and found seven dead terrorists, whose identities and ranks will be identified, according to the statement.

It also indicated that the forces found two explosive belts and a cache of weapons and light ammunition.

The raids came two days after NATO announced it was going to expand the scope of its operations in Iraq and increase the number of its forces from 500 to 4,000.

NATO announced the increase days after the missile attacks on Erbil that killed and injured a number of citizens and coalition servicemen.

On Monday, Erbil Health Directorate announced the death of Nawaf Rashid, 31, after sustaining injuries during the attack. He was wounded after a missile landed near a livestock market.

The directorate stated that one wounded person, from Syria's Kobani, is still in hospital.

Meanwhile, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) revealed new information regarding the missile attack on Erbil international airport.

The government issued a statement announcing that some people infiltrated the Kurdistan region and carried out the attacks that targeted the airport and some residential neighborhoods.

It emphasized the importance of coordination between the regional government, the federal government, and the international coalition to confront outlaws.

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