ISIS ‘minister of media’ killed in Iraqi airstrike

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Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS). File photo

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Duhok – The Islamic State’s (ISIS) Minister of Media was killed in an airstrike by the Iraqi Air Force in Nineveh Governorate, military sources reported on Thursday.

Ziyad Kharoufa, the ISIS media minister, was killed along with dozens of ISIS media workers in Mosul City during an Iraqi airstrike on Wednesday midnight, according to the Iraqi Army General Command.

“The extremist group held the funeral of the senior leader in al-Hayy al-Arabi in eastern Mosul, amid strict security procedures,” it said in a statement.

“Kharoufa was responsible for the production of the ISIS propaganda films,” media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News in Mosul.

“He was also supervising the work of pro-ISIS media outlets in Nineveh Governorate,” al-Malla reported.

The offensive comes amid intensifying fighting around and inside the city of Mosul between the Iraqi forces and ISIS militants.

ISIS Media Offices Under Fire 

Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Units on Monday targeted one of the Islamic State’s (ISIS) media offices in Mosul City.

Supported by an air cover from the US-led coalition, the Iraqi forces were able to take over the ISIS media centre east of Mosul after targeting the building with heavy machine guns. At least seven pro-ISIS journalists and media workers were killed in the operation. Most of them were working for the prominent jihadist news agency Amaq.

The targeted media centre has been for long used to broadcast the latest news about the Islamic State’s military operations in Mosul. It was the main pro-ISIS propaganda centre in eastern Mosul.

The Counter-Terrorism Units were also able to seize several cameras that have been recently used by pro-ISIS media workers in Mosul. “The tapes were handed over to the Iraqi Army General Command for analysis,” an army officer said.

This is not the first time for anti-ISIS forces to target the group’s media offices in Iraq.

On 4 October, 2016, warplanes from the US-led coalition bombed a main Islamic State (ISIS) media centre. According to local activists, the air raid occurred in central Mosul city, in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate. The targeted centre hosted media workers from jihadi al-Bayan Radio and the Amaq News Agency. Both outfits are major outlets for ISIS propaganda in the region. At least 13 pro-ISIS journalists were killed in the airstrike, including Abu Ibrahim al-Tounsi, an editor at the Amaq News Agency.

Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri and Siber Haji | Source: ARA News

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