Iraqi forces on Wednesday (June 8th) foiled a large-scale "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) attack near Mosul, Ninawa operations commander Nejim Edin Karim al-Jubury said.
"ISIL launched an attack, dubbed 'Ramadan Incursion', on the Iraqi army’s 71st brigade positions near Mosul using dozens of fighters, including suicide bombers, and several vehicles packed with explosives," al-Jubury said in a statement.
"The army repelled the attack, and with support from coalition warplanes, two vehicles packed with explosives and three others carrying heavy machine guns were destroyed," he said.
Dozens of ISIL terrorists were killed in the operation, he said, adding that "the attack was crushed within half an hour".
Meanwhile, coalition warplanes destroyed five ISIL posts in Mosul in airstrikes on Tuesday night and Wednesday, the Ministry of Interior said.
"Coalition fighter jets targeted ISIL strongholds in the areas of Somar, al-Arabi, al-Zohour and Dana Dan," ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan told Al-Shorfa.
"More than 20 ISIL gunmen were killed and the targets were fully destroyed in the strikes," he said.