Iraq

Coalition Air Strikes Target IS Iraq Hideouts

Three camps used by so-called Islamic State were destroyed, according to Operation Inherent Resolve officials.

Coalition air strikes have targeted several camps used by so-called Islamic State in Iraq.

The attacks, which took place on 19 June, destroyed three sites being used by IS members, according to Operation Inherent Resolve officials.

The camps were built amongst densely-vegetated terrain in Wadi al-Shai, Iraq - a rural area in Iraq's Kirkuk province.

Colonel Myles B. Caggins III said: "Air strikes help destroy ISIS targets in terrain difficult to reach by standard vehicles.

"Blowing up ISIS hideouts in bucolic locations ultimately results in security in cities and villages.

"Each Coalition precision air strike is conducted at the request of the Government of Iraq to help achieve a permanent defeat of Daesh."

Operation Inherent Resolve, launched in 2014, is the name of the US-led mission to defeat IS in Iraq and Syria.

Operation Shader is the operational code name used for the UK contribution.

Last month, the Royal Air Force carried out several air strikes against IS in northern Iraq as part of Op Shader.

Meanwhile, in April, the RAF carried out its first air strikes against Daesh since September 2019.