11/12/2015 9:21 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

US Airstrikes In Iraq's Ramadi Kill 350 ISIS Fighters

CAPTION CORRECTS THE SLUG - This photo released on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) shows a French army Rafale fighter jet taking off from the deck of France's aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle, in the Mediterranean sea. The French Defense Ministry says it has launched its first airstrikes from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, bombing Islamic State targets in the Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Mosul. (Defense Ministry/ECPAD via AP) THIS IMAGE MAY ONLY BE USED FOR 30 DAYS FROM TIME TRANSMISSION.

LONDON -- The recent airstrikes by the United States in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi have killed around 350 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) resulting in the loss of almost half of their defending force.

According to the Guardian, Colonel Steve Warren, spokesman for the US military command in Baghdad, told reporters at the Pentagon that around 600 to 1,000 ISIS fighters had been inside Ramadi. But US officials remain reluctant to predict how long it will take to reclaim the city which is crucial to the Iraqi government's hopes of restoring its borders.

Speaking about Iraqi progress in retaking Ramadi, Defense secretary Ash Carter said that the process has been "disappointingly slow".

Warren also announced that the US airstrikes in late November killed three senior ISIS leaders, including Abu Salah, who was allegedly the group's financial minister.

"Killing him and his predecessors exhausts the knowledge and talent needed to coordinate funding within the organization," Warren said.

He added that the three were killed in airstrikes near the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar.

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