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Iraq warplanes kill eight Daesh commanders: Military

Iran Press TV

Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:7AM

Amid its intensified push against Daesh, the Iraqi military says its warplanes have killed eight commanders of the Takfiri terrorist group, which has been ravaging the country since last June.

"F-16 planes killed dozens of terrorists, including eight senior commanders of Daesh," read the statement read out on the state television.

The blows were dealt to the group "in strikes on Hawija and Anbar," it said, mentioning respectively a city in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk and the sprawling province to the west of the capital, Baghdad.

The new development came after Iraqi forces advanced into the center of Ramadi, Anbar's capital, overnight on Tuesday with the aim of liberating the entire city, which has been under the control of Daesh terrorists since May. Sabah al-Noman, a spokesman for the Iraqi counter-terrorism service, said on the same day that "the city will be cleared in the coming 72 hours."

The Iraqi forces are joined in their countrywide battle against the terrorists by Shia volunteers and Kurdish fighters.

Later on Tuesday, Iraq's Summaria news channel reported that the troops and volunteers had managed to liberate some neighborhoods from Daesh in Ramadi through successive shelling of its positions in the central district of al-Zobbat. It said Zabat was currently under the full control of the Iraqi forces and a mop-up operation had been launched to hunt down the militants holed up in residential buildings.

Also on Tuesday, IHS Jane's Defense Weekly published the results of a study saying Daesh terrorists had in a year lost nearly 15 percent of the land that they had under control in Iraq and Syria as the group suffers more setbacks in the two countries.

The study showed that Daesh had lost control over more than 13,000 square kilometers of the territory it controlled in the two Arab countries since January, a net loss of 14 percent.

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