American strike kills ISIS governor of Hawija

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Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS). File photo

ARA News 

ERBIL – U.S. fighter jets hit several strongholds for the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the vicinity of Mosul city in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh, killing a prominent jihadi official, informed local sources reported on Friday. 

Local activists confirmed that at least one prominent leader was killed along with several escorts in Friday’s attack.

Speaking to ARA News in Mosul, media activist Muhammad Allo said that the so-called ISIS governor of Hawija, Abu Anwar, was killed on Friday in an airstrike conducted by the US-led coalition forces near Jawana bridge in the vicinity of Qayyarah subdistrict [in southern Nineveh Governorate on the west bank of Tigris river].

The source explained that Abu Anwar, who holds the Iraqi citizenship, was from the people of Baiji city [130 miles north of Baghdad].

In another development, head of the Nineveh media center Raafat al-Zarari confirmed that the city of Mosul is suffering a long-term blockade imposed by the US-led coalition forces which target ISIS’s headquarters, shipment trucks, and supply lines on a daily basis.

Al-Zarari reported that ISIS has been transporting food by boats to the civilians [mostly ISIS supporters] stranded in the village of Kabruk south of Mosul since the Qayyarah Bridge had been destroyed by the US-led coalition forces a few weeks earlier. 

On Saturday, Jassim Salim al-Matyouti, ISIS governor of al-Jazeera area, and Ahmed Ghanem al-Hadidi, Emir of the so-called ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’, were killed in an airstrike by the US-led coalition forces on the group’s strongholds in the city of Mosul, according to local sources.

Al-Zarari told ARA News on Saturday that the US-led warplanes targeted the main headquarters of the ‘Bank of Mosul’ in the western part of the city, killing a number of jihadis.

“At least four ISIS jihadis were killed and around US $1,000,000 was burned in the bombing of the bank,” he reported, pointing out “the strike also caused a considerable material damage to the nearby buildings, shops, and parked cars.”

The city of Mosul was controlled by ISIS in June 2014. The presence of a social incubator of Sunni tribes – who had been strained by the former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s policy– has facilitated the radical group’s control over the city, according to military experts.

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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