Iraqi airstrikes kill 6 ISIS militants in Nineveh, military says 

The ISIS target was a hideout near the Sheikh Younis village in the province, the military said.
Iraqi Air Force F-16s. (Photo: Yehia Rasool/Twitter)
Iraqi Air Force F-16s. (Photo: Yehia Rasool/Twitter)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Iraqi military announced on Sunday that it had carried out airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq's Nineveh province, killing six militants. 

The ISIS target was a hideout near the Sheikh Younis village in the province, the military said.

Iraqi F-16s also targeted ISIS militants in Diyala province on Saturday. That strike was retaliation for the bloody Jan. 21 attack on an Iraqi army outpost perpetrated by the militants that killed 11 Iraqi soldiers. Saturday's retaliatory airstrikes killed an estimated nine ISIS militants.

The Iraqi Air Force regularly targets ISIS remnants in the disputed territories between Erbil and Baghdad. Security experts believe that ISIS has exploited the lack of coordination between Iraqi and Kurdish forces to mount attacks against civilian and military targets from those areas. 

An official from Iraq's Joint Operations Command said on Sunday that the Iraqi Army cannot fill the security vacuum in these territories without help from the Kurdish Peshmerga.

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The Iraqi Air Force increased the number of its strikes against ISIS remnants following the conclusion of the US-led coalition's combat mission in Iraq. 

Before it was declared territorially defeated in Iraq in 2017, ISIS's self-styled caliphate controlled one-third of that country.