Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi Shia militias killed on Friday a prominent Islamic State leader, who was tasked with recruiting children for the militant group and plotting terrorist attacks in the country.
“Mohamed Entikhab, one of the most dangerous Islamic State military leaders in Iraq, was killed along with four of his aides during a security operation in Samarra city in Salahuddin province,” Shafaq News quoted the Shia Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) as saying in a statement.
Enikhab, according to the statement, “was responsible for recruiting children for the Islamic State group and preparing suicide bombers to carry out terrorist attacks” in Iraq.
Saraya al-Salam is an Iraqi armed group linked to Iraq’s Shia community. It is a 2014 revival of the Mahdi Army that was created by Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in June 2003 and disbanded in 2008.
The group was re-mobilized in 2014 in order to fight against the Islamic State and it is still active till now.
The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.
Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it