US-led airstrikes kill 34 IS militants in Iraq
BAGHDAD: More than 34 fighters of Islamic State (IS)
died in 13 airstrikes by US-led coalition forces against the Sunni radical group’s
positions in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
“Warplanes bombarded the Al Ghazlani military camp,
which the IS has converted into a military headquarters and training camp,” the
head of security in Nineveh province, Ibrahim al-Bayati, said.
Airstrikes also targeted the Al Tayaran district of
Mosul, Iraq's second city, which the militants have controlled since June 10. The
strikes killed two IS leaders, although Al-Bayati did not identify them, and
also left 17 other militants wounded.
Black clouds of smoke rose from the areas targeted in
the airstrikes and sirens wailed as ambulances were dispatched to provide
emergency care to the wounded or transport them to hospitals.
Separately, the IS distributed a video on various web
forums showing one of its preachers urging Mosul's residents not to grow
impatient with “the delay in achieving victory” and inciting them to unite in
the struggle “against the enemies of Islam and the Muslim nation.”
The IS, a coalition of jihadis, tribal militias and
veterans of the late Saddam Hussein’s army, in June took control of a large
swath of northern Iraq - including Mosul, a city of more than one million
people - and it has proclaimed a caliphate in the parts of Syria and
neighbouring Iraq under its control.
The US-led coalition’s air campaign against the IS and
in support of Iraqi and Kurdish forces began in early August.