Over 160 ISIS militants killed in coalition airstrike in Iraq; jihadists surround Mosul with oil tanks

 Children stand next to a burnt vehicle during clashes between Iraqi security forces and ISIS fighters in Mosul, Iraq

Children stand next to a burnt vehicle during clashes between Iraqi security forces and ISIS fighters in Mosul, Iraq

The Islamic State (ISIS) militants were caught flatfooted. While they were gathering at a village in Iraq, warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition swooped in and dropped bombs, killing more than 160 of the jihadists, the Nineveh Operations Command of the Iraqi military announced on Thursday, according to Iraqi News.

“The international coalition aircraft this morning bombarded an ISIS gathering at al-Safina village, east of Sharqat district, killing over 160 ISIS militants. The bombardment also destroyed a large number of equipment, mechanisms and weapons belonging to the group,” a statement issued by the Command said.

Meanwhile, residents of the ISIS-occupied Iraqi city of Mosul said the terrorist group has dug a trench around the city, in preparation for an expected attack from the Iraqi army and the U.S.-led coalition forces.

The sources said the ISIS surrounded the city with oil tanks, which they intend to set on fire once the Iraqi army and coalition forces begin their advance.

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SOURCES: News Now/Reuters/Christian Today

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.