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QAMISHLI – U.S.-led coalition forces conducted Sunday several airstrikes in the Iraqi province of Anbar, killing and wounding a number of militants from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS), including prominent jihadi recruiter, official sources reported.
“The operation targeted Mohammed Khalaf al-Satouri, a senior official in Daesh, along with four of his companions in the western district of Hit in Anbar province,” a spokesman for the Iraqi army told ARA News, using an acronym for ISIS.
Al-Satouri was head of ISIS recruitment department in Anbar, according to the source—who spoke on condition of anonymity.
In the meantime, the U.S.-led coalition fighter jets conducted eight airstrikes against the hardline group in Mosul, Ramadi, Hit and Tal Afar, killing dozens of ISIS militants as well as destroying several armored vehicles led by the group, according to the coalition’s General Command.
The radical group is paying up to $10,000 to each recruiter in European countries for recruiting people to join the alleged jihad in Syria and Iraq, UN experts said in previous statements. ISIS also relies on informal networks and social media for recruitment of western jihadis.
Also, spokesman of the U.S. Department of Defense expected last Tuesday the death of the so-called ISIS war minister, Abu Omar al-Shinshani, in an airstrike on the group’s headquarters in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria.
However, local sources confirmed that al-Shinshani is alive, but suffering from serious injuries.
The coalition’s airstrikes have recently killed dozens of prominent leaders of the radical group across Syria and Iraq, besides hitting tactical units and oil fields held by the group in both war-torn countries.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News