Four top IS leaders killed by army jets in northeastern Diyala

Iraqi security forces . File photo.

Diyala ( Four prominent Islamic State leaders were killed in an airstrike launched in northeast of Diyala, commander announced.

Speaking to Alghad Press on Sunday, Maj. Gen. Mazhar al-Azzawi, commander of Dijla Operations, said “army jets shelled a secret meeting for IS top leaders in a rest house in al-Assiyoud region, north of Muqdadiyah.”

“The shelling left four leaders killed,” he added.

“Joint security troops, backed by fighter jets, started combing operations from three directions and found the rest house, where the leaders were killed,” he said.

On Saturday, six IS members, including a leader, were killed in airstrikes by the Iraqi army and U.S.-led Coalition jets in northeast of Diyala. Five of them were killed in Coalition airstrike at the outskirts of al-Leheib village, located in al-Zor basin, while the sixth was killed as army jets bombarded a pivotal target on the agricultural road between Bouthja and Kuseiba villages.

On the same day, Iraqi troops regained full control on mountains that stretch out between Diyala and Kirkuk provinces, retaking areas between Zgheitoun bridge reaching until al-Fatha bridge, an area that stretches out 45 kilometers with depth of 15 kilometers.

A prominent leader, who has been known for transferring of the group’s weapons and explosives, was killed in aerial shelling by army on Friday.

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