12 IS terrorists, nine civilians killed in Iraq airstrikes

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Ramadi, Dec 8 (IANS) At least 12 terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group and nine civilians were killed on Wednesday in airstrikes in an IS-held town near Iraq’s western border with Syria, security and medical sources said.

An airstrike, believed to be conducted by the US-led coalition aircraft, bombed two IS positions in the town of al-Qaim in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, destroying the positions and leaving 12 terrorists killed and five others wounded, a source from Anbar’s provincial Operations Command told Xinhua.

Another airstrike occurred at night and struck a residential building in the central town, killing nine people and wounding 20 others, a medical source from the provincial health department said.

The attacks come as the Iraqi security forces backed by anti-IS international coalition are carrying out a major offensive to drive out the IS terrorists from its last major stronghold in and around Mosul.

–IANS

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