US-Iraqi res­cue op­er­a­tion ‘foils IS mass ex­e­cu­tion’

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

US-Iraqi forces have res­cued dozens of hostages held by Is­lamic State (IS) in Iraq af­ter learn­ing of their “im­mi­nent ex­e­cu­tion, the Pen­tagon has said.

But a US soldier wounded in the raid died of his in­juries - the first killed in ac­tion since US op­er­a­tions against IS be­gan last year.

The early morn­ing op­er­a­tion on Thurs­day took place near the town of Haw­ija in north­ern Iraq.

Five IS mil­i­tants were cap­tured and a num­ber killed, the Pen­tagon said.

The raid tar­geted an ISheld pri­son near Haw­ija, in the pre­dom­i­nantly prov­ince of Kirkuk.

The US mil­i­tary were in­volved at the in­vi­ta­tion of the Kur­dis­tan re­gional gov­ern­ment, the Pen­tagon said.

Amer­i­can he­li­copters flew troops to the site, with Kur­dish spe­cial forces tak­ing the lead but with US ones on the ground.


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