Baghdad-Iraqi airstrikes killed nine suspicious ISIS terrorists, including four Lebanese, in retaliation for an ISIS attack on Iraqi barracks earlier this month, officials said Sunday.
Iraqi ISIS militants broke into the barracks in the Al-Azim district of the mountainous region outside the town of Baqubah on January 21, killing guards and shooting 11 soldiers. This was one of the most daring attacks by militants in recent weeks, in the midst of an increase in violence that aroused fear of the group coming back to life.
Iraqi Supreme Commander spokesman Yehia Rasor said the Joint Military Operations Room and the Air Force had identified the cell behind the attack because its members were hiding in Al-Azim, north of Baghdad. ..
He said three airstrikes that killed nine terrorists had begun.
Security officials told the Associated Press that four of the killed were Lebanese, indigenous to the northern town of Tripoli. He wasn’t allowed to talk to reporters, so he spoke on condition of anonymity.
Tripoli is the second largest city in Lebanon and the poorest city in the country. Inspired by ISIS terrorist groups, it tends to be violence and militants who launched an attack on the Lebanese army in 2014 with the city’s most serious bouts of violence. Lebanon faces an unprecedented end of the crisis, including a rapid decline to poverty, which could lead many militants to take advantage of dissatisfaction among the majority of Sunni residents in the city. I have.
Lebanese Al Jadeed TV showed higher death toll, saying five Lebanese were killed in Iraq. A family broadcast urged Lebanese authorities to encourage the return of the body.
Also on Sunday, Iraqi anti-terrorist units conducted inspection campaigns in seven Iraqi prisons holding ISIS terrorists. The move follows a serious prison attack in northeastern Syria, where ISIS militants lasted for more than a week.
The attack on a prison in Hasakah, northeastern Syria, was carried out by about 200 militants, including prisoners who caused riots, killing dozens and unknown numbers of suspects.
On Sunday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced the end of a prison mopping operation “by eliminating the last pocket of the northern dormitory where (ISIS) terrorists were barricaded.”
The January 20 attack took place at 12 of Syria’s largest detention facilities, which housed militants. More than 3,000 ISIS terrorist suspects, including more than 600 minors, were detained there. The Kurdish-led Self-Defense Forces said most of the prison prisoners and terrorists had surrendered and their scores were killed.
ISIS was largely defeated in Iraq in 2017. The group suffered the final blow in 2019, when it lost its last territory in southeastern Syria during a US-led military operation in collaboration with Syrian Kurdish-led troops.
However, thousands of terrorists melted into the desert and continued to attack, often attacking security forces and troops with roadside bombs and firing at convoys and checkpoints of both armies.