Iraqi fighter jets kill ‘dozens’ of jihadis as part of major offensive on ISIS territory

A statement from the Iraqi military’s press office, the War Media Cell, also claimed the strikes destroyed weapons stockpiles and safe houses used by the militants.

The statement read: “Iraqi fighter jets launched airstrikes that destroyed a weapon stash, rest house, and booby-trapping workshops of the IS in Tal Afar.”

The statement added that “dozens of militants were killed” in the operation.

Tal Afar is one of the few strongholds held by ISIS in the Nineveh region.

The death cult has sustained heavy losses in personnel and territory since an offensive by the US-backed coalition was launched last October to retake Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq and last urban ISIS-controlled stronghold in the country.

Forces led by the Iraqi army managed to wrest control of Eastern Mosul from ISIS in January, and a new offensive to retake the city’s western region was started in February.

Iraqi federal police confirmed Tuesday that more than 1,200 ISIS fighters, including 27 leaders and 214 snipers, had been killed, and 300 square kilometres were retaken since operations were launched in western Mosul.

Fewer than 1,000 ISIS jihadis are believed to be left standing in Mosul’s Old City, according to commanders from the Iraqi leadership and US coalition.

The news comes amid reports a British convert to Islam dubbed “Jihadi Jack” who is said to have fled to Syria to join ISIS has said he hates the terror group.

Jack Letts, 21, travelled to the ISIS-controlled area of Syria in 2014 – but has declared he hates the militants “more than the Americans hate them” after he was imprisoned for opposing their views.

He added: “I realised they were not upon the truth so they put me in prison three times and threatened to kill me.”

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