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Iraqi air force strikes Islamic State targets

Iraq has bombed Islamic State targets in the eastern Diyala province for the second month in a row.

The Iraqi air force conducted airstrikes against the Islamic State today following a flurry of attacks.

Iraqi pilots using US-made F-16 fighter jets struck IS outside of Sadiyah in the Diyala province in northeastern Iraq. Iraqi army and police units discovered the bodies of IS fighters, M-16 rifles, destroyed sniper hideouts and more after the strikes, the Security Media Cell said in a statement.

The Islamic State has conducted several attacks on civilians and the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces recently. A total of eight Peshmerga soldiers were killed in a series of IS ambushes in Diyala Nov. 27-29. IS also attacked Peshmerga soldiers and civilians in Makhmour south of the Kurdistan Region capital Erbil on Dec. 2.

The Iraqi air force also hit IS targets in the Hamrin mountains in Diyala on Nov. 22.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi visited Makhmour earlier this month in a show of defiance against IS.