ISIS governor killed in US airstrike northern Iraq, three jihadis surrender to Kurdish Peshmerga

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An Islamic State fighter. File photo

ARA News

ERBIL ــ US-led coalition forces conducted several airstrikes on headquarters of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the district of Hamadaniya in Iraq’s northwestern province of Nineveh, killing a top ISIS official along with other jihads, local sources reported Sunday. 

Speaking to ARA News in Nineveh, local media activist J.H. said that the so-called Barzan al-Husam, who was appointed by ISIS as governor of al-Hamadaniya district, has been killed in an airstrike by the US-led coalition forces on an ISIS-linked compound in the village of Omar Kan in the district of Hamadaniya in the Nineveh province.

The source confirmed that the coalition warplanes also bombed on Saturday midnight a position for ISIS in the vicinity of the gas plant in al-Kasak region with four missiles. No reports of casualties.

“Three ISIS jihadis from the Uqra district, in Nineveh province, had surrendered earlier on Saturday after being engaged in clashes with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces at the fighting front of Nawran,” a local source close to the group told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

“The prominent jihadi official [Barzan al-Husam] who was killed in Saturday’s strikes had close ties to the group’s caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the source said.

In the meantime, the Iraqi air force announced that they have destroyed several ISIS headquarters along with military equipment near the city of Tal Afar in Nineveh province.

Over the past few months, the US-led coalition forces have intensified their airstrikes on vital locations for ISIS, killing dozens of the group’s top leaders and wounding more others. ISIS’s power has recently declined, especially after the dissidence of hundreds of its own militants.

Reporting by: Salar Qassim

Source: ARA News

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