42 IS militants killed in clashes, air strikes in western Iraq

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RAMADI, Iraq, Nov. 30 – A total of 42 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed and 28 were wounded on Sunday in clashes with Iraqi security forces and air strikes by Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition aircraft in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, a provincial security and medical sources told Xinhua.

Fierce clashes erupted between Iraqi security forces and allied paramilitary units, known as Hashd Shaabi, and IS militants in Mudheij area in east of the IS-held provincial capital city of Ramadi, leaving at least 12 IS militants killed, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Three security members were also killed and six others wounded during the battle, the source said.Meanwhile, Iraqi warplanes bombarded IS positions in Albu Haiyat area in east of the town of Haditha, some 200 km west of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, destroying several positions and killing 13 militants, the source added.

Separately, international warplanes bombed an IS headquarters in Falahat area in west of the militant-seized city of Fallujah, leaving eight militants killed and 15 others wounded, a medical source from the city hospital said.

In Fallujah, the U.S.-led coalition aircraft bombarded a garage used by IS to repair their vehicles in the industrial district in the eastern part of the city, killing four IS militants and wounding six others, the medical source added.

The international warplanes also pounded an IS position on a bridge in the town of Heet, some 160 km west of Baghdad, destroying the bridge and leaving five militants killed and seven others wounded, a medical source from Heet hospital told Xinhua.

The attacks came as the Iraqi security forces and Hashd Shaabi units recaptured several areas on the edges of Ramadi as part of their offensive to surround the city and clear it later from IS militants.

The troops have been fighting for months to retake control of key cities and towns in Iraq’s largest province from the extremist IS militants, who seized most of Anbar and tried to advance towards Baghdad.

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04- IS executes 3,500 in Syria since declaring ‘caliphate’: monitor

BEIRUT, Nov 30 – The Islamic State group has executed more than 3,500 people in Syria, including nearly 2,000 civilians, since declaring its “caliphate” in June last year, a monitor said Sunday.

In the last month alone IS executed 53 people — including 35 civilians — in areas it controls in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The new figures from the Britain-based Observatory bring to 3,591 the number of people executed by IS in Syria since it declared its Islamic “caliphate” after seizing control of large parts of the country.

The new toll includes 1,945 civilians, including 103 women and 77 children, with civilians defined as those who are not taking part in the fighting.

Some were executed for alleged witchcraft, homosexuality and collaborating with the US-led coalition that has been bombarding IS in Syria since September 2014.Members of Sunni Shaitat tribe account for around half of the civilians killed. IS killed 930 members of the clan in the northeastern Deir Ezzor province last year after they opposed the extremist Sunni Muslim group.

The monitor also documented 247 IS executions of rival rebels and Kurdish fighters, as well as the executions of 975 members of regime forces.

IS has also executed 415 of its own members it accused of crimes including spying, many of them captured as they were trying to desert the group, according to the Observatory, which relies on a network of activists, medical staff and fighters on the ground.

IS controls large swathes of Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

In Syria, it controls areas in the Homs and Hama provinces in the centre, Deir Ezzor and Hassakeh in the northeast, as well as Raqa and Aleppo in the north.

The jihadist group counts tens of thousands of fighters and carries out abductions, rapes, beheadings and stonings in the areas under its influence.The United Nations has accused it of “crimes against humanity”.

More than 250,000 people have been killed and more than four million have fled the country since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011.

(Copyright © AFP / RSS-Nepal)

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