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U.S. airstrike kills ISIS deputy leader Abu Alaa al-Afri in west of Mosul

ISIS deputy leader Abdul-Rahman Mustafa, better known as Abu Alaa al-Afri. File photo.
ISIS deputy leader Abdul-Rahman Mustafa, better known as Abu Alaa al-Afri. File photo.

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Wednesday, Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced, that the ISIS deputy leader Abu Alaa al-Afri has been killed in an air strike that targeted him in west of Mosul.

The ministry said in a statement ​​​obtained by IraqiNews.com​, ​”Based on accurate intelligence, an air strike by the​ international​ coalition forces targeted the second-i​n​-​command of ​ISIS​​, Abdul-Rahman Mustafa, also known as Abu Alaa al-Afari, in the area of al-Aidiyah in Tal-Afar District.​”

According to ‘the Guardian,’ Abu Alaa al-Afri had been running the daily affairs of ISIS after the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had reportdly been injured in a U.S.-led airstrike last March. Only a week ago, also the U.S. had placed a bounty of $7 million for information leading to Afri.

The district of Tal-Afar is located 60 km west of Mosul.

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