World Bulletin / News Desk
According to a statement issued by the ministry's Military Intelligence Directorate, Iraqi warplanes hit ISIL positions located in Tel al-Zalat neighborhood west of Mosul.
In the airstrikes, 32 militants were killed and the group's armed trucks destroyed, said the statement.
In separate, five ISIL militants were killed in clashes with the army's 16th Infantry Division that took place in the north of Mosul, according to a military source, who requested anonymity due to restriction on speaking to the media.
Meanwhile, Anti-extremism Officer Lieutenant Colonel Marwan Salloum told Anadolu Agency that four Iraqi troops were killed and nine others injured in clashes with ISIL militants in northeastern Mosul.
Last month, the Iraqi army -- backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and local allies on the ground -- launched a major offensive to take Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, which was overran by ISIL -- along with large parts of the country’s northern and western regions -- in mid-2014.