VIDEO: 250 ISIS Militants Killed in US-led Coalition Airstrikes near Iraq's Fallujah

Thu Jun 30, 2016 14:06:07

US defense officials claim at least 250 ISIS fighters were killed and around 40 trucks destroyed in a series of US airstrikes near the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was a key Islamist stronghold before being recently liberated by Iraqi forces.

US-led coalition aircraft hit about 40 vehicles of ISIS terrorists in south of Fallujah on Wednesday, according to reports. US military officials told Reuters that the convoy was largely destroyed and at least 250 militants were killed.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, however, and warned that the preliminary estimate may change.

Combat footage that surfaced online shows dozens of completely gutted civilian trucks, minivans, and SUVs that were allegedly part of ISIS convoy. Some were apparently transporting heavy weapons or ammunition.

Fallujah, which is located some 60 kilometers from Baghdad, Iraq’s capital, had been under the control of terrorists since 2014. Top Iraqi officials declared full victory over ISIS in the city in mid-June after a nearly five-week offensive, but due to the back-and-forth nature of the struggle, urban fighting still continued for more than one week more.

Iraq finally declared Fallujah fully liberated last week after government troops entered the al-Julan neighborhood in the northwestern part of the city, which had been ISIS last remaining stronghold.

The US-led coalition, which first launched air strikes on the terrorists in Iraq last August, claims to have destroyed 565 ISIS targets in 106 air raids over the last week.

The unexpectedly swift victory in Fallujah has raised questions about how many militants had actually been occupying the city. Colonel Chris Garver, the US-led anti-ISIS operation’s spokesman, said on Wednesday that Iraqi estimates suggest that the ISIS terror group suffered more than 1,000 casualties.

During the battle for Fallujah, some ISIS units engaged Iraqi forces in street-to-street fighting, but some preferred to fall back. The terror group “was not monolithic” in Fallujah Garver said, as cited by the Military Times.

“Some people fought harder than other people did. Some people tried to melt away,” he noted. In “different neighborhoods, you get a different answer.”

Once Fallujah is fully free of ISIS fighters and mines, the Iraqi government aims to concentrate on launching an offensive to take back terrorist-controlled Mosul, the country’s second largest city, RT reported.


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