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High-profile Daesh militant killed in northern Iraq

Iran Press TV

Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:3PM

Pro-government Iraqi forces have reportedly killed the Daesh shadow governor for the country's beleaguered northern province of Salahuddin during a military operation against the Takfiri militants in the province.

Fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units carried out an offensive in the oil-rich city of Baiji, located about 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, on Monday, killing the high-ranking Daesh figure, identified by the nom de guerre Mustafa Tikriti, in the process, Arabic-language al-Forat news agency reported.

Moreover, a total of 17 Daesh extremists were killed when Iraqi military aircraft carried out a precision strike against a terrorist hideout in the city of Khalidiya, located about 83 kilometers (50 miles) west of Baghdad. Ten Daesh Takfiris also sustained injuries in the aerial attack.

Additionally, nearly one thousand tribesmen from the troubled western Iraqi province of Anbar have formed a pro-government battalion called "Abbasi Brigade" to liberate their native areas from the clutches of Daesh militants.

Leader of Abbasi Brigade, Omar Sabet al-Mahlawi, said the brigade has deployed 500 of its fighters in the city of Habbaniyah, located approximately 80 kilometers (49 miles) west of Baghdad, and the rest in the conflict-ridden city of Khan al-Baghdadi, situated about 180 kilometers (110 miles) northwest of Baghdad, and the towns of Barwanah and Sakran.

Gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since ISIL Takfiris launched an offensive in June 2014, and took control of portions of Iraqi territory.

The militants have been committing vicious crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and others.

Units of army soldiers joined by volunteer fighters are seeking to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.

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