Air strike kills 17 ISIS militants, nine civilians in Iraq

A squadron of F16 jet fighters from the United Arab Emirates arrived in Jordan after the Gulf state announced it was being sent to bolster the coalition’s military effort against ISIS. (File photo: Reuters)

A coalition air strike near the Iraqi border town of al-Qaim killed at least 17 ISIS militants and nine civilians overnight, a hospital source said.

“Anonymous sources” told Arabic channel al-Arabiya al-Hadath that said ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was there.

The source in al-Qaim hospital said 29 militants were wounded in the strike targeting ISIS positions in al-Rumana and Husaiba areas, and some were taken across the border to Syria for treatment.

ISIS daily radio broadcast al-Bayan said “Crusader Safavid” air strikes near al-Qaim had killed three people and wounded others including women and children, using the derogatory term they use for the anti-Islamic State coalition.

Al-Qaim is about 330 km (200 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

Separately, coalition planes bombed al-Rutba district, 385 km west of Baghdad, killing six ISIS militants and 11 civilians, according to a source in the local hospital.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46