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'Dozens of IS fighters' killed in air strikes near Iraqi border with Syria

Iraqi fighter jets have carried out air strikes against Islamic State (IS) outside Mosul, killing more than 100 militants, the Iraqi government said.

The strikes hit three IS targets in Baaj, a remote north-western town near the Syrian border, and killed between 150-200 extremists, ministers said.

The Iraqi government added that militants had crossed over from Syria, suggesting that IS still enjoys free movement across the borders.

The statement did not say when the strikes happened and officials were not available to offer more details.

Air strikes by Iraqi air force and US-led international coalition jets have been vital to the months-long operation to retake Mosul from IS.

In January, Iraqi authorities declared eastern Mosul "fully liberated".

Fighting is under way to recapture the city's western side.

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