Iraqi forces destroyed more than ten ISIL tunnels in the Southern suburbs of Fallujah city in the province of Anbar, killing around 100 militants, the Iraqi army’s Anbar Operations Command said in a statement.
The Iraqi helicopters have destroyed eight ISIL-led car bombs South of Fallujah, according to the statement, published by ARA News on Thursday.
Military sources confirmed that the army troops were able to kill scores of ISIL militants in the vicinity of Fallujah, taking over strategic areas near the ISIL-held city.
“The joint forces, comprising army police and tribal groups were able to recapture the highway connecting Fallujah with Amriyah and Ramadi, and the districts of Albu Saiyf and Fahilat,” the Iraqi commander told ARA News, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
On the other hand, sporadic clashes erupted between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and ISIL militants in the areas near the group-held city of Tal Afar, and in the Telskuf district which was recaptured by the Peshmerga earlier on Tuesday.
“The Peshmerga forces have launched a major campaign to clear the region from ISIL terrorists, especially after they took over strategic areas on Tuesday,” Kurdish Commander Izzedin Wanki said.
Earlier this week, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces began a major military operation against ISIL and were able to liberate the key village of al-Bashir South of Kirkuk, in Northern Iraq, according to local sources.
“Peshmerga clashed with ISIL terrorists in several fighting positions, while ISIL responded by shelling the Kurdish headquarters with mortar shells,” Wanki said.
On Tuesday, Kurdish military sources said that the Peshmerga forces were able to deter an ISIL attack, pointing out that the terrorist group carried out several car bomb attacks on the Peshmerga positions in the areas of Telskuf, Ba’shiqah, Khazar and Kweir.
ISIL aims to raise the morale of its militants and supporters after being exposed to heavy losses over the past few months, according to observers.
The radical group has been trying to carry out surprise attacks against the Peshmerga, but the Kurdish fighters were able to deter assailants with the support of the US-led coalition forces.