US airstrike kills Islamic State’s jihadi leader in Mosul

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Masked ISIS militant reading a statement issued by the Sharia Court to the public in northern Iraq. In the background, several people are crucified on charges of violating the Caliphate's rules. File photo

ARA News

Erbil – A US-led coalition airstrike killed a number of Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants, including a jihadist leader, in the Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday.

At least five ISIS members were killed, including the ISIS security official Sarhan al-Souri, when a US airstrike hit western Mosul.

Informed local sources told ARA News that the air raid targeted an ISIS security office in the Islah Ziraai neighbourhood in the western part of Mosul city, in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate.

Sarhan al-Souri, a Syrian jihadist, was the chief of the ISIS-led Security Commission of Western Mosul.

“Al-Souri was responsible for torturing and executing dozens of innocent people in Mosul,” the head of Nineveh media centre, Raafat al-Zarari, told ARA News.

According to Zarari, al-Souri was a direct target for Tuesday’s airstrike.

“The elimination of senior ISIS officials is a top priority for the US-led coalition in the Mosul air campaign at the moment,” he said.

Reporting by: Raman Yousef | Source: ARA News

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