Al-Aswad was reported dead in a U.S. airstrike northern Iraq on Monday. File photo

ARA News

ERBIL – An airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition on Monday killed several militants of the Islamic State (ISIS), including the commander of the group’s operations in Baaj district in Mosul suburb in northwestern Iraq. 

At least nine leading members of the extremist group were killed in the airstrike, including Hajim Ahmed al-Aswad –ISIS leader in Baaj. 

An Iraqi officer in the Nineveh police department confirmed in an interview with ARA News the death al-Aswad along with eight other prominent militants of ISIS in an airstrike that hit the group’s headquarters in the Shishan neighborhood of Baaj district.

“Al-Aswad and others commanders of Daesh (ISIS) were meeting in the group’s headquarters in Baaj when a U.S. airstrike hit the building,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

This comes just three days after a similar airstrike hit the group’s headquarters in Mosul city, killing more than 30 ISIS militants.  

Reporting by: Salar Qassim 

Source: ARA News

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