Air strikes against militant targets in Iraq's restive western province of Anbar killed at least 50 militants, the defence ministry said today.
A ministry statement said Security forces "received accurate information and carried out painful and effective air strikes against terrorist gatherings in Anbar yesterday, January 21, that killed more than 50 terrorists".
The militants included foreign fighters of Arab nationality, and large quantities of ammunition were destroyed, the statement said, without giving further information.
The strikes were the latest in a series of security operations targeting militant groups in Anbar in recent weeks.
Parts of provincial capital Ramadi and all of nearby Fallujah, near Baghdad, have been under the control of militants for weeks, after unrest in the cities late last month.
Security forces have joined with pro-government tribal militias to try to retake the cities.