ISIS executioner who beheaded Peshmerga soldiers killed in airstrike near Kirkuk

Talab Elewy Hamadany, also known as Abu That, who beheaded four Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers, was killed in an airstrikes near Kirkuk. File photo

ARA News

Senior ISIS member Abu Thar, who had executed four Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers, was killed in an airstrike on Sunday.

“Our Counter-Terrorism Dept confirmed that a joint operation by Kurdish Asayish and US-led coalition killed senior ISIS member Talab Elewy Hamadany, Emir of Kirkuk’s Diwan al-Hisba,” the Kurdistan Region’s Security Council (KRSC) said on Monday.

“Talab Elewy Hamadany, also known as Abu Thar, supervised the martyrdom of four Peshmergas. He was killed in an airstrike at 11:40 in Hawija, West of Kirkuk,” the KRSC said.

The KRSC is headed by Masrour Barzani and oversees security and intelligence community in Kurdistan Region and, as of Aug 2014, coordinates coalition airstrikes against ISIS in northern Iraq.

“This is part of a coordinated campaign by the Counter-Terrorism Dept (CTD) and CJTFOIR’s [US-led coalitions forces] to remove ISIS’s leadership from the battlefield,” the Kurdish security council said.

Speaking to ARA News, Ceng Sagnic, a researcher with the Tel Aviv-based Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, said the cooperation between the Kurdistan Region and the US-led coalition against ISIS is not surprising.

“There’s a joint operation room in Erbil [capital of Iraqi Kurdistan] and all these airstrikes are coordinated from there,” he said. “The coalition makes significant use of KRG intelligence that has established its ground networks in other parts of Iraq prior to the ISIS expansion into this country.”

“Most of those intelligence networks were in use for the surveillance of Iraqi and Sunni insurgent movements, but are now used against ISIS. Another factor is the KRG’s strong relations with the Sunni tribes in Nineveh, leaders of which are mostly based in Erbil. These contacts give the KRG the ability to gather intelligence from local sources,” the security analyst told ARA News.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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