Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Federal Police forces killed on Wednesday a senior Islamic State judge in a raid in western Mosul’s Old City as troops continue to comb the city for remnant cells.
Federal Police chief Shaker Jawdat said in statements that troops killed Abdul-Sattar Mohamed Ali, aka Abi al-Hakam al-Aawar, when they raided a basement he was hiding at in the Old City district.
According to Iraqi generals. Islamic State has lost more than 25.000 militants, both Iraqis and foreigners, in more than eight months of battles with Iraqi forces which concluded successfully early July with the total recapture of Mosul, the group’s largest stronghold in Iraq. Since the declaration of Mosul’s recapture, Islamic State waged sporadic attacks on security and civilians, while security forces continue to arrest IS sleeper cells both in the city and among refugees.
The Old City was the place where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the establishment of the group’s rule in Iraq and Syria in 2014. Its recapture was a symbolic collapse of the group’s self-styled “caliphate”.