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Islamic State leader, companion killed by tribesmen, west of Mosul: Commander

A member of Iraqi forces walks as they advance their positions on the frontline at the Old City in West Mosul, Iraq June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro


Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Nineveh Police Command has announced killing an Islamic State senior leader, west of Mosul.

In a statement on Sunday, Brig. Gen. Hamad Names al-Jabouri, the commander, said “tribes and residents of Baaj killed Islamic State Wali of Baaj called Ahmed Farhan Hamdan al-Obaidi, known as Abu Aisha al-Turkmani.”

The operation, according to Jabouri, “left one of al-Turkmani’s companions, called Louai Ahmed Shatty, killed.”

Turkmani “is a dangerous militant who killed civilians and looted their properties,” he added.

The two members were killed by tribesmen in Baaj town, west of Mosul.

Late June, Islamic State members were killed as they set a fake checkpoint to abduct civilians. The security operation was carried out on the road linking between Hatra and Mosul

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. Many suspects were arrested over links with Islamic State, since the city was recaptured from the group in July 2017.

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014. However, the group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.


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