World Bulletin / News Desk
Iraqi helicopter gunships on Thursday foiled an attempted suicide attack by ISIL terrorists near the city of Mosul, according to an Iraqi military source.
“A suicide bomber driving a bomb-laden vehicle tried to target a group of rapid-response personnel in the desert area near the village of Haraj some 80 kilometers southwest of Mosul,” Air Force Brigadier-General Abdul Qader al-Shawwaf said.
"U.S. reconnaissance aircraft spotted the vehicle and gave its coordinates to the Iraqi Air Force, which immediately dispatched helicopter gunships to destroy it," he added.
According to al-Shawwaf, gunships fired three missiles at the vehicle, destroying it instantly and killing everyone aboard.
“ISIL still maintains an armed presence in parts of the desert area of Nineveh province [of which Mosul serves as regional capital],” he said.
He went on to point out that the Iraqi military was still “coordinating closely” with a U.S.-led coalition with the aim of “entirely purging the terrorist presence from all Iraqi territories”.
In August, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that Iraq’s northern Nineveh province had been “entirely liberated” from ISIL.
The terrorist group has recently suffered a string of crushing defeats in both Iraq and Syria after overrunning vast territories in both countries in mid-2014.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said earlier that nearly 40 foreign fighters allied to Syria's regime were killed in the raid in eastern Syria.
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