Iraqi air force kills ISIS leader’s second deputy

January 9, 2016  

The second deputy of Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed during an Iraqi air force strike in the city of Barwana, just east of Haditha, the Iraqi military said Saturday, according to CNN.

The man in question, Assi Ali Mohammed Nasser al-Obeidi, was a top ISIS military commander in western Iraq and eastern Syria, Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said.

Obeidi had been a brigade commander in the special forces of Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guards, a fugitive from Abu Ghraib prison and a former prisoner in Camp Bucca, a spokesman of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, Col. Mohammed Ibrahim, told CNN.

Haditha is located 145 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of Ramadi in Anbar province, a city which the Iraqi forces just recently liberated from ISIS after a lengthy battle.

In recent weeks, the U.S.-led international coalition fighting ISIS has announced similar killings, noted CNN.

In late December, it said multiple figures within ISIS senior leadership had died over a few weeks. One of the leaders killed was Charaffe el Mouadan, an operative closely linked to the ringleader of the November attacks in Paris, a spokesman for the coalition said.

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