(By Bonny Apunyu)
A U.S.-led coalition airstrikes killed at least 28 Islamic State (IS) militants Monday as the militants clashed with the Iraqi security forces in the province of Anbar, a provincial security source said according to Xinhua.
A source which reportedly spoke to Xinhua on condition of anonymity said at least 20 IS militants were killed and dozens others wounded when the international coalition warplanes pounded a bomb-making factory in the IS-held provincial capital city of Ramadi, some 110 km west of Baghdad.
Separately, heavy clashes erupted between IS militants and the Iraqi forces backed by allied militias, known as Hashd Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization, in east of the militant-seized town of Garma, some 50 km west of Baghdad, leaving five extremist militants killed, along with blowing up a booby-trapped shovel truck, the source said.
According to the source, at least three IS militants were killed and five others wounded in artillery shelling by the Iraqi army on a youth center used as a base for the extremist militants in the central part of the IS-held city of Fallujah.
Meanwhile, the IS group has reportedly captured most of Anbar province and tried to advance towards Baghdad during the past few months, but was repelled by the security forces and allied Shiite and Sunni militias, known as Hashd Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization.
Sources report that the security situation in Iraq has drastically deteriorated since June 2014, when bloody clashes broke out between Iraqi security forces and IS.