Two Islamic State leaders killed in artillery shelling on Iraqi-Syrian border

Paramilitary fighters and military vehicles are seen during a military operation to retake positions held by Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of Muqdadiyah in Diyala province, north of Baghdad January 25, 2015. Picture taken January 25, 2015. REUTERS

Anbar ( – Two Islamic State leaders were killed Wednesday in an artillery shelling by the Popular Mobilization Forces on the Syrian city of Al-Baghuz on the border with Iraq.

“Artillery shells were fired against three hotbeds of Islamic State near the Syrian city of Al-Baghuz, leaving two Islamic State leaders dead,” Alghad Press website quoted deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces as saying in a statement.

“The pair, codenamed as Abu Sayyaf and Abu Laith, were standing behind the recent attacks against the Syrian Democratic Forces stationed on the Iraqi-Syrian border,” added the statement.

On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi stressed the need for tightening security along the border with neighboring Syria to eradicate terrorist groups scattered there.

In December, former Iraqi premier Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.

However, Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. 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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