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Anti-IS coalition, partners kill 200 IS fighters

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (KUNA) -- Between January 7 and 13 coalition and partner forces against the so-called Islamic State (IS) killed over 200 IS fighters and in the past several weeks liberated the towns of Al Kashmah, Sirat Masoud, and As Shafah.
Four of those killed included senior IS commanders, the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said in a statement on Saturday.
In Iraq, "a patrol from the 20th Iraqi Army Division came under fire from ISIS while conducting clearance operations in the Atashana Mountains," it said.
"The Ninewah Operations Command and Coalition forces reacted with a coordinated strike to destroy three tunnels used by the fighters for hiding and storing supplies." Separately, the Mosul Police Academy trained 25 female police officers bringing the total number of female police in Mosul to approximately 49.
Up to 730 improvised explosive devices IEDs were also destroyed across Iraq. (end) ak.ibi