BAGHDAD – Six commanders of the Islamic State terror organization were killed on Sunday in airstrikes targeting the western part of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, according to the Iraqi military intelligence service.
Iraq’s military agency confirmed in a statement that six of the foreign highest ranking IS commanders were killed in airstrikes targeting the Shaarin marketplace in western Mosul.
Said commanders have been identified as Russian national Abdul-Karim (Abu Samir) al-Rusi, Syrian-French Saleh (Abu Mahyaf) al-Ahmad, Abu Duaa al-Mahgribi from Morocco, Turkish national Youssef (Abu Gamal) Awni, Moroccan national Abdullah (Abu Saleh) Hammoud, and Algerian-British Milad (Abu Hafsa) Siro.
The communique did not specify whether the bombings were carried out by the Iraqi army aviation or the US-led international coalition, supporting the Iraqi government troops in its offensive to rout IS combatants from Mosul.
Joint Iraqi forces launched the offensive on western Mosul on Feb. 19, two weeks after concluding previous operations to expel the IS from neighborhoods east of the Tigris river.