Kurdish Peshmerga special forces secure the Mosul dam after days of heavy fighting against Islamic State. File photo
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URFA – At least 12 militants of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) were Killed in an artillery shelling by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces on the group’s locations in the northern suburbs of the Iraqi city of Mosul in Nineveh province, military sources reported on Friday.
“The shelling targeted a headquarter of the terror group in the town of Bashiqa, northern Mosul, during which 12 extremists have been killed,” an informed source in the Ministry of Peshmerga said in a press statement.
The source pointed out that the bombing has resulted in the destruction of two armored vehicles and the death of their crews.
ISIS Finance Minister Killed
On Tuesday, Hajeb Mizhir al-Jayji, who served as finance minister in the terror organization, was reported dead in an airstrike.
“The corpse of Hajeb Mizhir al-Jayji has arrived Wednesday to the forensic medicine center in the city,” a local source in the Iraqi province of Nineveh confirmed to ARA News.
The source said that al-Jayji was killed along with six of his bodyguards near the sub-district of Budush in western Mosul on Tuesday.
In less than a week, the U.S.-led coalition forces were able to wipe out two top commanders in the terror group. Al-Jayji was killed after the death of the second man in the group, Abu Muslim at-Turkmani (also known as Abu Motaz al-Qurashi), head of the military council, in a similar attack near the Iraqi city of Mosul in Nineveh province.
“The U.S. and its allies were very happy for killing Sheikh Abu Motaz al-Qurashi, branding their crime as a great victory,” ISIS spokesman, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, has said in a recorded statement posted online by pro-ISIS media activists.
Speaking to ARA News, civil rights activist Sherin Hamo commented on the incident saying: “Apparently, ISIS has not been influenced by the death of its leading militants, especially that the group was able to attract hundreds of new recruits over the last few months.”
Last week, the Iraqi army had announced it had targeted an ISIS-led convoy, including the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, without providing further information on his situation.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News