IS militants killed as airstrike targets ‘Amaq’ mobile station, west of Mosul

Starex bus

Tal Afar ( Four Islamic State militants were killed as an airstrike targeted a mobile station of the group’s media arm ‘Amaq’ in Tal Afar, a local source said.

“A Starex bus, used by the group as a mobile station of Amaq agency, was targeted by an airstrike in Tal Afar town, west of Mosul,” the source told AlSumaria News on Saturday.

“The airstrike left four persons killed,” according to the source who asked to remain anonymous. “Among the killed ones were abu Intissar, an Iraqi chief cameraman in Tal Afar.”

On Thursday, an airstrike killed 10 IS militants as an alternative headquarters of the group was targeted in the town.

Last week, Iraqi Defense Ministry said a date has been set for the town invasion, however, it will not be declared to maintain the secrecy of the intended operations.

During a weekly press briefing on Tuesday, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said a special plan has been drawn to invade Tal Afar.

Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesperson of the U.S.-led coalition against IS, was previously quoted as saying that Tal Afar will be the next target of operations after victory was declared in Mosul.

Tal Afar is one of the important strongholds still held by IS in Nineveh since August 2014.

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