BAGHDAD — An Iraqi military spokesman says an airstrike has killed 20 Islamic State militants outside the northern city of Mosul.
In a statement issued on Monday, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool says the slain militants were hiding inside a tunnel in Badoush area northwest of Mosul.
Rasool says the strike was carried out by the U.S.-led coalition. He didn’t give a date for the strike.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory Monday evening over the Islamic State in Mosul after nearly nine months of grueling combat to drive the militants out of Iraq's second-largest city.
In the early days of ISIS’ onslaught in June 2014 in northern Iraq, the militants killed some 600 male Shiite inmates from Baduosh prison.
Over the past three years, ISIS has gradually been driven out of nearly all the territory it once held in Syria and Iraq. But the group still maintains a presence in the Syrian desert and remote areas along the Syria-Iraq border.