BAGHDAD, Iraq, Apr 1 (NNN-NINA) - The Iraqi military, on Friday, said that, air strikes during the day killed more than 150 Daesh militants in the region, near the Syrian border.
Iraqi Joint Operations Command said, in a statement that, three hiding places around Baaj Town were bombed in this operation, and 150 to 200 terrorists, who entered Iraq from Syria, were killed.
Baaj, located about 135 km south-west of Mosul, is still under Daesh control and is regarded as an important corridor for the militants to cross the border.
In 2014, the Daesh group occupied large swaths of territories in northern and western Iraq, including Mosul, the second largest city, and established a self-styled Islamic caliphate, in the regions of Iraq and Syria, under its control.
Iraqi forces launched the battle on Oct 17, 2016, for Mosul, the last stronghold for the Daesh militants in Iraq, and recaptured its eastern part late Jan.
The offensive to liberate western Mosul started on Feb 19.-- NNN-NINA
Source: NAM News Network