Militants of the Islamic State. File photo
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ERBIL – U.S.-led coalition forces conducted Thursday several airstrikes on headquarters of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the city of Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern province of Nineveh, killing a top ISIS official along with several leaders from the jihadi group, local sources reported.
“Alian Natiq Mabroush, who was appointed by ISIS as governor of Mosul, has been killed in an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition forces on the Faruq compound in the city,” a local source close to the group told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Mabroush was killed along with more than ten jihadi leaders.
“Jihadis who were killed in Thursday’s strikes had close ties to the [ISIS] caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the source reported.
Also, pro-ISIS media sources reported that a number of the group’s media centers were bombed by the U.S.-led coalition in the early hours of Thursday.
The group’s official news agency of Amaq announced that the American warplanes bombed Thursday seven media centers in the city of Mosul, causing the death of a number of pro-ISIS journalists.
The targeted media centers were located in the neighborhoods of al-Bakr, az-Zuhour, ar-Risala, Bab at-Toub and ad-Dawwasa in the city of Mosul, according to Amaq.
ISIS used to release propaganda videos from the bombed media centers in Mosul.
Over the past few months, the U.S.-led coalition forces intensified its airstrikes on strategic and vital locations for the radical group, killing dozens of the group’s top leaders and wounding more others. ISIS’s power has recently decreased, especially after hundreds of its own militants started to desert its ranks.
Reporting by: Salar Qasim
Source: ARA News