AFP
Last updated: 27 April, 2015

Nearly 120 US-led strikes in week in Iraq

International forces targeting the Islamic State jihadist group carried out nearly 120 air strikes in Iraq over the past week, according to figures released by the US-led coalition.

The strikes were concentrated west and north of Baghdad in Anbar and Nineveh, provinces where IS holds its most territory, and in the contested Baiji area of Salaheddin province.

Targets included IS units, fighting positions and buildings and equipment being used by the jihadists.

The coalition said it conducted 26 strikes from Sunday to Monday morning, the latest period for which figures were available, and a total of 119 in the past week.

Iraqi security forces performed dismally in the early days of an IS-led militant drive last June that overran much of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.

But they have since managed to regain significant territory from the jihadists, with support from pro-government paramilitaries, the US-led coalition and Iran.