Seven ISIS militants killed in Tuz Khurmatu

The operation, executed by an F-16 aircraft, marks a continued effort by Iraqi security agencies to target and eliminate ISIS hideouts.
Tuz Khurmatu district. (Photo: Kurdistan24)
Tuz Khurmatu district. (Photo: Kurdistan24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – In a joint operation, seven ISIS militants were killed by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command and the Counter Terrorism Service in Saladin’s Tuz Khurmatu district, the Iraqi Security Media Cell announced on Saturday.  

The operation, executed by an F-16 aircraft, marks a continued effort by Iraqi security agencies to target and eliminate ISIS hideouts. According to the Iraqi Security Media Cell, the strike was based on detailed intelligence, resulting in the death of a prominent ISIS leader among the casualties.

Coordination between the various security agencies is set to persist, aiming to dismantle remaining ISIS strongholds and ensure regional stability.

ISIS has exploited security gaps along the border of the Kurdistan region of Iraq between Iraqi armed and Kurdish Peshmerga forces to continue attacks and resupply its militants in desert and mountainous areas.

These gaps were created following the Kurdistan Region's 2017 independence referendum after Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) pushed the Peshmerga out of the disputed territories. Since then, ISIS has exploited this large security vacuum between the Iraqi and Kurdish armed forces.