ERBIL – Iraqi army forces shelled strongholds of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the northern province of Nineveh, killing a senior jihadi commander along with several companions, local sources reported on Wednesday.
Speaking to ARA News, head of the Nineveh media center Raafat al-Zirari confirmed that the 10th division in the Iraqi army has targeted jihadi headquarters in an ISIS-held village south of Mosul.
Thaher Mohammed Salman al-Sabawi, a top ISIS commander in Nineveh province, was reported dead along with other militants from the group, according to al-Zirari, who quoted Iraqi security sources as saying.
“Al-Sabawi was killed along with ten escorts in the attack.”
Al-Zirari pointed out that health centers and field hospitals in the city of Mosul “are totally filled with the group’s wounded and dead bodies” as a result of the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and the shelling carried out by Iraqi forces.
Earlier this week, the U.S.-led coalition conducted several airstrikes on tactical units of ISIS in the Noran Sharqi area near Mosul. The strikes have separated the city of Mosul from its eastern districts in Iraq’s north.
The U.S.-led coalition stepped up airstrikes on vital positions of ISIS militants in Iraq in the past few months. The operations aim at destroying the infrastructure of the group in the region.
The coalition’s airstrikes have recently killed dozens of prominent ISIS leaders across Syria and Iraq, besides hitting tactical units, Sharia courts and oil fields held by ISIS.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News
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