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6 Islamic State fighters killed in coalition airstrike

A U.S.-led coalition airstrike killed six ISIS members Tuesday.

Coalition planes bombed a vehicle full of insurgents west of Anbar, a security source said.

Though ISIS had been largely routed from Iraq in December, the group continues to pose a threat to the country with sporadic attacks.

U.S.-led strike kills 6 ISIS militants

A U.S.-led coalition strike destroyed an ISIS vehicle in western Iraq, killing all six occupants.

“Fighter jets of the U.S.-led Coalition shelled a vehicle of Islamic State in Wadi al-Qathf region in Rutba, west of Ramadi,” a source from Anbar Operations Command said. “The shelling left six militants killed and the vehicle destroyed,” the source said.

Ramadi is the provincial capital of Al Anbar Governorate, which comprises much of the western territory of Iraq.

Strike on desert tunnel kills three

A source from Anbar Operations Command said Tuesday that coalition jets bombed a tunnel in the desert southwest of Rutba, killing three ISIS militants.

“Coalition jets shelled an Islamic State tunnel in the desert, southwest of Rutba,” the source said.

“The shelling left a tunnel destroyed and three militants, who were hiding inside, killed,” the anonymous source added.

U.S. and coalition fighter jets continue to support Iraqi forces in routing insurgents who remain in Iraq and Syria. 

War over, but battles remain

Iraq announced the war against ISIS over in December, but sporadic battles continue. ISIS has retreated to pockets of the country, mainly in the slice of desert borderlands between western Iraq and Syria in regions such as Anbar.

Thousands of foreigners who migrated to Iraq and Syria to join ISIS have returned home since the caliphate was defeated in the winter. But insurgents remain concentrated in Iraq’s Anbar province and Syria’s Deir-Al Zour, as well as isolated regions throughout Syria and Western Iraq.

The war against ISIS has displaced millions of Iraqi civilians.

ISIS insurgents continue to harass Iraqi forces and civilians from these redoubts. Ongoing skirmishes in Kirkuk, Salahuddin, Anbar, Mosul, and other regions have killed many ISIS militants, Iraqi forces, and civilians at worship in recent weeks.

Iraqi and pro-government forces killed four ISIS militants Tuesday as they tried to cross into Salahuddin province. Last month, ISIS militants killed 27 Iraqi militiamen near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.