Five Daesh commanders, including the group's "governor" for the city of Mosul, have been killed by airstrikes carried out by a U.S.-led coalition in the city's western districts, according to the Iraqi army.
"Relying on military intelligence, the coalition struck Daesh positions in Mosul's western 17 Tammoz district," the army's media office said in a statement issued late Wednesday.
According to the statement, three senior Daesh terrorists were killed in the strike, including Hamed Ahmed Ibrahim, who the terrorist group had reportedly appointed as "Wali" - or governor - of Mosul. "Another two Daesh commanders were killed in a separate airstrike in Mosul's western al-Sarjkhana district," the army statement read.
Late Wednesday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Iraqi forces were "on the verge of defeating" Daesh in Mosul.