Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State leader Jassim al-Basri has been killed in an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Mosul, according to the military intelligence department.
“The terrorist Jassim al-Basri, known as abu Mohamed, was killed in an airstrike by the international coalition,” the department said in a statement on Monday.
“Basri was the group’s head of Mesherfa and al-Haramat district in Mosul,” the statement added.
3320 IS members have been killed since the offensive to retake western Mosul was launched in February, the Interior Ministry declared earlier on Monday. The eastern side of Mosul was retaken in January after three months of battles
The Federal Police troops earlier declared taking over Shuqaq al-Haramat district, while moving forward at al-Haramat al-Thaniya, approaching al-Iqtisadiyeen district and the major Islamic State stronghold district of 17 Tamuz (July 17th). Meanwhile, the army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service announced moving towards the ٍSena’at Wadi Akab region, encircling areas on the outskirts of that region.
The Iraqi troops opened last week a new front in the northwest of Mosul seeking crackdown on the militants in the Old City after weeks of attempts to invade the densely-populated area from the southern side.