Iraqi warplanes hit Daesh targets in Syria, killing 28

Iraqi fighters stand next to a wall bearing the Daesh flag as they enter the city of Al-Qaim, in Iraq’s western Anbar province near the Syrian border as they fight against remnant pockets of Daesh militants. (AFP)
Updated 17 August 2018
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Iraqi warplanes hit Daesh targets in Syria, killing 28

IRBIL, Iraq: Iraqi security officials say Iraq’s air force carried out two airstrikes targeting Daesh group inside Syria, killing at least 28 Daesh militants.
They say one of the two airstrikes by F-16s targeted a meeting of would-be suicide bombers who intended to strike in Iraq during next week’s Muslim Eid Al-Adha holiday.
About 20 militants were killed in that airstrike, while eight died in the second one. Both targets were inside Syria near the Iraqi border.
Iraq announced the strikes on Thursday but details on targets and casualties only emerged on Friday. The statement said the targets were identified by the Eagles Cell, Iraq’s top counterterrorism agency.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.


Egyptian police kill 12 militants in Sinai raid

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Egyptian police kill 12 militants in Sinai raid

EL-ARISH, Egypt: Egyptian authorities say police killed 12 Islamic militants when security forces stormed three deserted buildings used as militant hideouts in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.
An Interior Ministry statement on Thursday says the militants were the first to open fire on the policemen as they surrounded the buildings in the Mediterranean coastal city of El-Arish.
The statement says there were no casualties among the police.
Egypt has for years battled Islamic militants in Sinai.
The insurgency intensified after the military in 2013 ousted an Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, whose one-year in power proved divisive. However, a large military operation launched this year against the militants in northern Sinai has significantly reduced the number of attacks.