Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) A Syrian national designated by the Islamic State as a governor of combined Iraqi areas was seriously wounded Sunday in an airstrike in Salahuddin.
A local source told Alsumaria News on Sunday that the commander, whose identity was was not revealed, was seriously injured, while two of his assistants were killed, in an airstrike that targeted their rest house in Zuweya, northeast of Salahuddin.
The commander was holding a secret meeting at the facility, the source told the network, citing available security information.
The Islamic State appointed the Syrian in mid February as its new commander in the stronghold town of Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, but also charged him with the group’s commands in Salahuddin and Diyala provinces which had been relocated to Hawija.
Islamic State has lost hundreds of its senior local and foreign commanders since Iraqi government troops, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary forces, launched an offensive in October against IS pockets, especially at the city of Mosul where the group is reportedly hours away from losing its previously-proclaimed capital.
The Iraqi government is expected to charge at other Is havens across Iraq, including Salahuddin, once it finishes its campaign in Mosul.