Coalition strikes took out three Islamic State camp sites in Iraq’s Kirkuk province on Jun 19, 2020, while a jet ”blasted” an ISIS cave in Nineveh province.
The “summer camp” in rural Kirkuk was located about 16 miles west of the city of Tuz Khurmatu in “densely vegetated austere terrain,” the U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement next day. Strike videos described them as ISIS mountain training areas.
Despite losing control of its last territory in Iraq more than two years ago, ISIS continues to wage an insurgency while hiding out in the mountains, deserts and other rural areas of the county.
While Iraqi security forces have tactical overmatch against ISIS, airstrikes help destroy ISIS targets in terrain difficult to reach standard vehicles.