US air strike killed two senior Islamic State commanders


Mosul: Two senior commanders of so-called Islamic State have been killed in a US air strike in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the Pentagon said. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the strike in the Iraqi city of Mosul had killed Basim Muhammad Ahmad Sultan al-Bajari, IS' deputy minister of war, as well as an IS police chief named Hatim Talib al-Hamduni.

The announcement comes as Iraqi forces continue to make progress in their fight against the group. Ground forces, backed by US-led coalition air support, retook the city of Fallujah. Attention is now shifting to Mosul where a battle to liberate the city is expected to start soon. Mosul is Iraq’s second-largest city and became the IS group’s de facto Iraq capital. “Removing these terrorist leaders from the battlefield shapes the environment for Iraqi forces to ultimately liberate Mosul with support from the international coalition,” Cook said.