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Coalition Aircraft Destroys Islamic State Camps in Iraq

By VOA News June 21, 2020

The U.S. military's Central Command says three known Islamic State hiding places have been destroyed in rural Iraq.

In a statement the command says aircraft from the anti-ISIS coalition known as Operation Inherent Resolve, in coordination with the Iraqi government, hit the camps Friday in Wadi al-Shai in a rural Kirkuk province, about 26 kilometers west of Iraq's Tuz Khurmatu.

"Blowing up ISIS hideouts," said Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a Coalition spokesman, "ultimately results in security in cities and villages." He added that each Coalition airstrike is done at the request of the Iraqi government "to help achieve a permanent defeat" of the militants.

Fighters and followers of the Islamic State, undaunted by the collapse of the terror group's self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria, are growing bolder and more dangerous, according to recent assessments by U.S. counterterrorism officials.



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