We have some bad news for would-be ISIS fighters in Iraq: School's out forever.
U.S.-led coalition aircraft successfully destroyed three ISIS training camps in a rural area of the country's Kirkuk province, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve announced on Saturday.
One camp was characterized as a “summer camp” for Iraq's remaining pockets of ISIS militants, the U.S.-led coalition told Stars and Stripes, adding that an F-15E Eagle fighter jet carried out the strikes.
“The Iraqi Security Forces have tactical overmatch against ISIS; airstrikes help destroy ISIS targets in terrain difficult to reach by standard vehicles,” Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a coalition spokesman, said in a statement. “Blowing up ISIS hideouts in bucolic locations ultimately results in security in cities and villages.”
It's unclear exactly how many air strikes the U.S. has conducted in Iraq in recent months: U.S. Air Forces Central stopped publishing public airpower summaries for both Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in March of this year.
According to the U.S. Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, the terror group still has roughly 14,000 to 18,000 militants spread between Syria and Iraq.
Both Iraqi and Syrian partner forces have carried out “large-scale campaigns” in the past two weeks that have led to the capture of 64 militants, according to the U.S.-led coalition's special operations task force.
“The coalition and our partners will … maintain relentless pressure on the terrorist organization,” Operation Inherent Resolve said in Saturday's statement.
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