ISIS top official killed in U.S. strike in Iraq’s Tel Afar

An ISIS militant is seen joining a military parade for the radical group in the northwestern Iraqi city of Mosul. File photo

ARA News

ERBIL – Governor of Tal Afar in the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) was reportedly killed in an airstrike conducted by the U.S.-led coalition forces in the Iraqi province of Nineveh, local sources reported on Friday.

Speaking to ARA News in Tal Afar, an informed source said an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition targeted Friday the Tal Afar Castle downtown, killing Ali Hassan al-Afri, the ISIS’s governor of Tal Afar, along with a number if his escorts. 

“On Thursday, another air raid targeted an ISIS convoy in the vicinity of the town of Badoush in the same region, killing more than a dozen gunmen from the terror group and wounding several others,” the source told ARA News on the condition of anonymity.

“The airstrike led to the destruction of a number of ISIS-manned vehicles.” 

In June 2014, ISIS seized control of Tel Afar city, where 200,000 people used to reside. This came subsequent to the group’s control of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul.

In Nov. 2014, Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni, the group’s leader in Mosul, was killed with his driver when their car was hit in a raid west of the city. 

Another senior official from the radical group was killed last Monday by an Iraqi rebel group known as Ahrar al-Mosul, Iraqi police reported. 

“Gunmen of Ahrar al-Mosul group shot dead Farooq Ahmed al-Lahibi, Daesh’s intelligence official, along with a number of his escorts in a sheep market in western Mosul,” Nineveh police said in a press statement, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Also last week, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces deployed over the Mounts of Ishkaft, Muter and Sasan in northern Iraq, pounded headquarters belonging to the radical group in Tal Afar, northern the capital Baghdad, according to local sources. 

Subsequently, ISIS militants evacuated their main headquarters in Tel Afar and have hidden in civilians’ houses to avoid Peshmerga bombardment.

In the past few months, several ISIS leaders and security officials have been killed in the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and in operations carried out by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and anti-ISIS rebel groups, specifically in the city of Mosul and its environs.

Reporting by: Muhammad Ali 

Source: ARA News

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