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.
After a low-key campaign, opinion polls put the conservative in the lead as he claims credit for the island's economic recovery since its debilitating financial crisis of 2013.
‘US does not provide any support to PKK, a US-designated foreign terrorist organization,’ says Pentagon spokesman
Turkish Cypriots stand with motherland Turkey and Turkish soldiers at heart, PM Ozgurgun tweets.
The campaign named 'Dignity is Priceless' aims to attract new donors for Palestinian refugees
Last week, Israeli authorities refused a request to release Attallah from prison
The move came as Israel extended detention of 16-year-old girl Ahed al-Tamimi
‘We do not have people operating in Afrin, so that does not have a direct effect on what we are doing’, spokesman says
Arguments in case expected in April, final ruling expected by June
Sergey Lavrov, Ayman Safadi meet in New York, according to Russian Foreign Ministry statement
Police confirm detention of Turks without providing reason for move
Congress fails to reach agreement on short-term stopgap funding
Xi's eponymous "thought" was already enshrined in the Communist Party constitution at the 19th Party Congress in October, elevating him to the same status as modern China's founder Mao Zedong.
Separate roadside bombings in both provinces left three civilians dead, say security sources
Mexico rejects claim, calling it 'manifestly false'
Supporters not deterred by president’s antics, performance