Iraqi airstrikes kill senior Daesh figures

Published 03.04.2016 23:36
Updated 03.04.2016 23:37

The Iraqi Defense Ministry on Sunday said it had carried out two airstrikes on the strongholds of the Daesh terrorist organization in Anbar province, killing at least 29 militants.

The military said the dead included senior operatives and other figures thought to be close to the organization's leadership.

In a statement, the ministry said the first strike had targeted "a security meeting for the leaders of Daesh in the town of Al-Qaim [on the Iraqi-Syrian border] which led to the killing of 16 members of Daesh".

Nine dead bodies were reportedly transferred to the Syrian side of the border, while the others were transferred to a hospital in Al-Qaim.

The ministry named a number of individuals it said died or were injured in the assaults.

Among them were Abu Suleiman al-Shishani-responsible for the brigade of Al-Khorasani; Zia Zoba'a al-Hardani-a temporary administrator for Daesh's so-called 'State of the Euphrates'; and Abu Ahmed al-Janoobi-a former major in the Iraqi army and courier for Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The ministry said Abu Anas al-Samarrai, a high ranking Daesh militant responsible for the organization of offensives perpetrated by the group, was hurt in the attack.

In the second airstrike, the Iraqi military targeted a Daesh camp in Rawa, near the Syrian border to the south of Anbar.

Among 13 militants reportedly killed was Abu Anas al-Rawi-a former officer in the Iraqi Republican Guard accused of plotting the Feb. 2015 suicide bombing of Ein al-Asad U.S. airbase.

The ministry indicated that its sources confirmed that most of the injured were transferred to the hospital of Rawa, while vehicles were seen ferrying a number of injured foreigners into Syrian territory.

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