BAGHDAD, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- A total of six militants of the Islamic State (IS) group were killed on Monday in airstrikes near the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the Iraqi military said.
The Iraqi warplanes, based on intelligence report, conducted a series of airstrikes on the IS position in the Tarmiyah area, some 30 km north of Baghdad, leaving six IS militants killed, the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a statement.
The latest airstrikes came after another series of airstrikes earlier in the day targeting an IS position in the Makhoul mountain range in the northern part of Salahudin province, reportedly killing four militants.
The areas, which the militants had previously controlled, have witnessed intense activities of the IS militants during the past months, despite repeated military operations to hunt them down.
The security situation in Iraq has been improving since the Iraqi forces defeated the IS in 2017. However, IS remnants have since melted into urban centers, deserts, and rugged areas, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians.