BAGHDAD, Jul. 23 (Press Shia Agency) – Dozens of ISIL militants were killed in an air raid conducted by the Iraqi Air Force in the Anbar Province in western Iraq, Iraqi forces said Saturday.

Iraqi jet fighters carried out the air raid against two ISIL-controlled towns in western Anbar bordering Syria, said the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) in a statement.

According to the intelligence body, the Iraqi forces bombarded an ISIL command base, two weapons and ammunition warehouses, and a car bomb factory, killing dozens of ISIL militants.

The statement did not mention the exact time of the air raid.

On July 10, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally declared that Mosul, the last stronghold of the IS in Iraq, was liberated from ISIL control after nine months of fierce fighting.

On the following day, Iraqi local media reported the death of its top leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a Russian airstrike in Syria.

However, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that he believed al-Baghdadi was still alive.

Mosul in northern Iraq had been seized by ISIL since June 2014.

XINHUA/Press Shia Agency