ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The US-led coalition airstrikes on western Mosul killed 12 Islamic State (IS) militants two of whom were senior leaders, Kurdish security stated on Saturday.
The Counter-Terrorism (CT) General Directorate of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) announced on its official Facebook account that the coalition warplanes targeted a jihadist base in the village of Markab al-Ter located in the town of Baaj.
The air strikes allegedly killed 12 IS members, including two senior IS security leaders, according to Kurdistan CT statement.
Kurdish security also revealed the identity of the two leaders: Ali Khalaf, a Syrian citizen from Albu Kamal and Ismael Younis al-Afari, an Iraqi citizen from Talafar town, west of Mosul.
Baaj is located in south of the Ezidi-populated city of Sinjar (Shingal) and west of Mosul. IS occupied Baaj in June 2014 and the town remains under the control of the extremist group.
The jihadist group emerged in mid-2014, took control of Mosul and later expanded to other parts of Iraq, including Nineveh, Salahaddin, Anbar, Diyala and Kirkuk provinces.
Iraqi forces with the support of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the coalition jets have liberated the east, and a large proportion of west Mosul as the military operation is still ongoing to clear the city from the IS.
Editing by Ava Homa