At least seven Daesh militants were killed, in the U.S.-led coalition air strike, in the Daesh-held areas, in the western part of Iraq's Anbar province, an Iraqi army commander said.
The air strike attacked a Daesh post in the north of the Daesh-held town of Rawa, some 320 km west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, destroying the post and killing seven militants, along with destroying two vehicles, Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Muhammadi, commander of al-Jazira Operations Command, told reporters.
Separately, the Iraqi army defused and detonated a total of 97 roadside bombs, in different areas, near the provincial capital city of Ramadi, some 110 km west of Baghdad, a provincial security source, said.
Earlier, the Iraqi security forces dislodged the militants from the key cities of Anbar province, including Ramadi and the nearby Fallujah, but the areas near the border with neighbouring Syria, including Aana, Rawa and al-Qaim, as well as, the vast rural areas across the province, are still under the control of the extremist militants.
Prime Minister Abadi has declared a new plan, to liberate the Daesh-held town of Tal Afar from the extremist militants, which will include the participation of the predominantly Shiite paramilitary Hashd Shaabi units and Sunni tribal fighters.
The Iraqi forces still have to wage more offensives to drive out the militants from their redoubts in Hawijah, in south-western Kirkuk, the adjacent sprawling rugged areas in eastern Salahudin province, in addition to the remaining Daesh strongholds in the border towns with Syria in western Anbar province
Source: NAM News Network