Prominent jihadi leader killed in US strike north Iraq: official


Militants of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News 

ERBIL  The Islamic State’s (ISIS) Deputy Military Chief, Abu Jannat, was killed in a coalition airstrike. The lethal air raid occurred in Mosul City, in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate. 

“[Abu Jannat] was responsible for military operations around Mosul and manufacturing chemical weapons,” said Col John Dorrian, a US Air Force spokesman.

“Daesh is under consistent pressure and will try to reconstitute. We’re not going to let them,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS. 

“The removal of Daesh propaganda minister Dr Wa’il has disrupted the illusion that things are going well for the group in Mosul,” Dorrian said.

The US-led coalition said it had killed three ISIS commanders in the past week.

“Coalition strikes are relentless—hunting ISIS in Mosul and taking out their leaders on the battlefield,” the officer said.

According to Dorrian, the US-led coalition is preparing for the looming battle in Mosul “by removing ISIS leaders in Iraq and Syria.”

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News


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