US airstrikes kill 250 ISIS fighters in Fallujah, official says
A day after the Islamic State terrorists carried out a deadly suicide bomb attack at an airport in Turkey, a US led coalition has reportedly killed 250 ISIS members in a series of air strikes in the Iraqi city of Fallujah.
A U.S. official confirmed U.S. planes conducted a precision strike on a multi-truck convoy leaving a southern suburb of Fallujah. The operation started Monday night. One U.S. official cited a preliminary estimate of at least 250 suspected fighters killed and at least 40 vehicles destroyed, Reuters reports.
A video footage of the airstrikes that has surfaced online shows precision missiles and machine gun fire being rained down on a convoy fleeing the city of Fallujah.
CIA chief John Brennan told a forum in Washington: “We’ve made, I think, some significant progress, along with our coalition partners, in Syria and Iraq, where most of the ISIS members are resident right now.”
“But ISIS’ ability to continue to propagate its narrative, as well as to incite and carry out these attacks – I think we still have a ways to go before we’re able to say that we have made some significant progress against them.”
Fallujah, which is located some 60 kilometers from Baghdad, Iraq’s capital, had been under the control of Islamists since 2014. Earlier this week the Iraqi army claimed victory in the historic city as they retook the settlement from the ISIS fighters.