Iraqi military says five prominent Islamic State leaders killed, southwest of Kirkuk

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Baghdad ( Five Islamic State members were killed in southwest of Kirkuk, the Iraqi military announced on Tuesday.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Security Media Center said, “depending on information from the intelligence of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), Federal Police troops managed to killed five prominent Islamic State members who took part in the attack against a village in southwest of Kirkuk.”

The information revealed that the victims were “Adnan Ahmed Hassan al-Souwar, known as Abu Radwan, who was the military emir of Riyad town in Hawija.”

Among the members also were “Shukr Shallal al-Ouseibi, who was a leader within the so-called Kirkuk State. Abu Talha, known as al-Shayeb, a member in Kirkuk as well as Hassan Ali Thalj, known as Abu Thar.”

According to the statement, “Abu Radwan, is one of those who planned and took part in al-Saadounia crime, which targeted PMFs in al-Saadounia region in Hawija.”

On Monday, PMFs announced killing some IS members, southwest of Kirkuk.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

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