Iraq: Senior Daesh commander killed

Cairo: A senior commander in the terrorist Daesh group in Iraq has been killed in an “intelligence-led operation”, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi has said.

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The premier identified the killed militant leader as Abu Yaser Al-Issawi, the self-styled deputy caliph and the emir of Iraq in the terrorist organisation.

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“We promised and fulfilled. I gave my word to pursue Daesh terrorists, we gave them a thundering response,” Al Kadhimi said on Twitter. “Our heroic armed forces have eliminated Daesh commander Abu Yaser Al-Issawi as part of an intelligence-led operation,” he added without giving details.

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The announcement came a week after at least 32 people were killed and 110 injured in a twin suicide bombing in Baghdad claimed by Daesh. The attack was the worst in Baghdad in about three years.

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In December 2017, Iraq declared victory over Daesh and liberating the territory that the militant group had earlier grabbed in the country.

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