As ISIS loses territories in Iraq and Syria, Iraqi warplanes bombarded the terrorist group’s locations near the Iraqi-Syrian borders on Tuesday, killing 17 militants.
Brigadier General Saleh Ali said that the airstrikes targeted the Okashat-Qaim road, and killed 17 ISIS insurgents.
The air raids also destroyed several vehicles and ammunition depots as Iraqi forces head towards recapturing Qaim.
At the moment, only Qaim and neighboring Rawa, which are both located near the Syrian borders, remain under ISIS control after Iraqi government and allied forces managed to retake the group’s main bastions in the country.
Since ISIS terrorists captured large areas of Iraq and Syria to establish a self-proclaimed "caliphate” in 2014, Iraqi army as well as its allies have launched a wide-scale campaign to retake those areas.
The Iraqi army has so far managed to retake Mosul, the group’s former capital, the town of Tal Afar, Kirkuk’s Hawija and Anbar’s Annah.
According to reports, the army is preparing to invade Rawa and Qaim. If it succeeds, the recapture of the two regions will practically end ISIS’s control in Iraq.
This is while ISIS members are reportedly holding tens of thousands of civilians in western Anbar as future human shields, having killed hundreds for attempting to flee.