ZAKHO – The US-led coalition on Saturday renewed its airstrikes on headquarters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in northwestern Iraq, killing and wounding dozens of militants, including top jihadi leaders.
Muhammad Ahmed al-Bajjari, head of ISIS military operations in northwestern Iraq, was killed in an airstrike by the coalition forces in Mosul city of Nineveh province.
“Al-Bajjari was killed along with several other ISIS fighters. He had played a main role in planning ISIS military operations against the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army in the vicinity of Mosul,” director of the Nineveh media centre Raafat al-Zarari told ARA News on Saturday.
Another coalition strike has reportedly killed the head of Islamic Police [al-Hisba] in Mosul, known as Hatim Taleb al-Hamdouni.
“More than 30 ISIS jihadis were killed in the past two days, including top ISIS officials like Hamdouni and al-Bajjari,” local media activist Farad Mirani told ARA News.
By intensifying its air campaign against the radical group, the western coalition’s bombardment in Nineveh province has caused heavy losses in ISIS ranks. According to observers, this could facilitate a ground progress by the Kurdish Peshmerga and allied Iraqi forces against ISIS.
Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri
Source: ARA News
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