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Videos: Airstrikes take out hidden ISIS hideouts in Iraqi mountains

In coordination with the Government of Iraq, Coalition aircraft destroyed three ISIS camps in Wadi al-Shai, Iraq, June 19, 2020. (Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve/Released)
June 22, 2020

The U.S.-led Coalition in Iraq eliminated three ISIS camps in Kirkuk Province, Iraq on Friday, and released video of the airstrikes.

The latest airstrikes targeted the terror group’s secret hideouts in the rural area of Wadi al-Shai, located in severe terrain unfavorable for ground operations.

“The Iraqi Security Forces have tactical overmatch against ISIS; airstrikes help destroy ISIS targets in terrain difficult to reach by standard vehicles,” Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III said in a statement.

“Blowing up ISIS hideouts in bucolic locations ultimately results in security in cities and villages. Each Coalition precision airstrike is conducted at the request of the Government of Iraq to help achieve a permanent defeat of Daesh [ISIS].”

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Also on Friday, Caggins released a OIR video showing additional airstrikes launched on ISIS hideouts in Ninewah Province, noting that at least four terrorists were killed.

“SIS remnants can’t hide. Daesh leaders are getting killed or captured leaving their lowly terrorists followers dazed & disillusioned. At the request of @modmiliq@CJTFOIR jets blasted a ISIS hideout in Ninewah, Iraq. 4xEKIA Boom!” Caggins said along with the video.

On Monday, the Iraqi Air Force blew up more ISIS hideouts via precision airstrikes in the third phase of their “Heroes of Iraq” operation.

The Iraqi Ministry of Defense said the operation is aimed as hunting down the remaining ISIS terrorists in various areas of Iraq and returning security and stability to the region.

Although ISIS has not held physical territory since March 2019, the terrorists continue to operate from hideouts buried in rural mountainous or desert areas where they have been driven by Iraqi citizens who reject terrorist activity.

“ISIS leaders and operatives continue to hide, because they have seen several high and mid-level [ISIS] officials neutralized and their safe-havens destroyed in recent weeks,” OIR noted.