45 Militants Killed In 2 Days: Iraqi Interior Ministry

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

By Aref Youssef

Baghdad - A total of 45 militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group have been killed in western Iraq within the last two days, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.

In a Tuesday statement, the ministry said that two foreign nationals – an Afghan and a Syrian – had been among those killed.

The Iraqi army is currently carrying out a major military operation in Iraq's violence-stricken Anbar province.

According to the government, the campaign aims to flush ISIL militants out of the area.

Local Sunni tribes opposed to the Shiite-dominated government, however, have reacted angrily to the many civilian casualties that have come in the wake of the army campaign.

More than 100 civilians have been killed and 530 others, including women and children, injured in Fallujah since violence erupted in the city two months ago, Fallujah General Hospital spokesman Wessam al-Essaw said Monday.

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