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Baghdad: Five Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Tuesday in airstrikes in central Iraq, the Iraqi military said.

Based on intelligence reports, Iraqi warplanes carried out two airstrikes on IS hideouts in the eastern part of Salahuddin province, according to a statement from the Security Media Cell, a media outlet affiliated with the Iraqi Joint Operations Command.

The statement said that a force of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service was sent to the scene to search the bombed hideouts and found the bodies of five IS militants, weapons, mobile phones, and some logistical equipment.

The security situation in Iraq has improved since the defeat of the IS in 2017. However, IS remnants have sneaked into urban centers, deserts, and rugged areas, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians.

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