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ISIL Ringleader’s Top Aide Killed in Iraqi Airstrike in Mosul

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BAGHDAD: (Web Desk)- The Iraqi Army’s Intelligence Department announced that five ISIL commanders, including a top aide of the terror group’s Chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, have been killed in an Iraqi air force raid in Mosul.
The Iraqi army announced in a statement that five ISIL commanders, including Abdul Wahed Khazir Sayer al-Jow’an known as Abu Loi, a senior aide to al-Baghdadi were killed in the airstrike in Eslaah Arazi region.

Manager of the Traffic Department Ahmad Khazir Sayer, Manager of Agricultural Department of the towns of Tal Afar and al-Mahlabiyeh nom de guerre Abdul Karim Khazir Sayer al-Jow’an have also been among the hunted commanders, according to the Iraqi army.

A spokesman said on Monday that the Iraqi special forces made further advances against ISIL in Mosul Monday pushing militants out of another district a day after driving them back to the Eastern bank of the Tigris river.

The elite counter-terrorism forces took full control of the Baladiyat district and encircled neighboring Sukkar, said spokesman for the Iraqi counter-terrorism forces, Sabah al-Numan, the Daily Star reported.

The advance also consolidated Iraqi forces’ control of several districts close to the ruins of the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh, East of the river.

Iraq’s Counter Terrorism forces reached the East bank of the Tigris Sunday, an advance which will eventually enable them to begin assaults on the city’s West, all of which ISIL still holds.

Recapture of Mosul after more than two years of ISIL rule would probably spell the end of its self-proclaimed caliphate, which spans areas of Iraq and Syria.

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