U.S. strikes kill 19 ISIS militants, including an emir in Ba’quba

A U.S. strike killed leading members of ISIS in northern Iraq, officials said. File photo

ARA News

Dohuk, Kurdistan Region – At least 19 militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) were killed in renewed strikes by the U.S.-led international coalition in the Iraqi city of Ba’quba, security sources reported on Monday. 

A U.S.-led strike hit the group’s main headquarters in Ba’quba, killing at least 19 militants, including IS Emir (prince) Ali Labib al-Ojaili. 

“Al-Ojaili was among Daesh militants who were killed when an airstrike bombed the group’s headquarters in Qara Tabbah northeast Ba’quba,” an Iraqi security source told ARA News on the phone.  

Al-Ojaili, an Iraqi member of IS, was nominated by the group’s leadership as an emir in Jabal Hamrin area in to lead the IS operations in Ba’quba. 

In coordination with the Iraqi government, U.S. and allies launched 15 new airstrikes on positions of the radical group in Iraq, a security source said on Monday. 

“Beside killing scores of Daesh militants, the new strikes led to the destruction of at least two vehicles and several machine guns,” the source reported. “In addition to Ba’quba operations, the coalition’s warplanes hit the group’s locations in Ramadi, Mosul and Sinjar.”

Reporting by: Selam Duhoki

Source: ARA News 

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