U.S. strike kills ISIS Emir in Iraq’s Tal Afar

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ARA News 

ERBIL – An airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition hit a convoy for the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group in northwestern Iraq, and killed the head of the ISIS-controlled district of Tal Afar.

Ammar Mustafa al-Zakiyah, the ISIS Emir in Tal Afar, was killed in the airstrike along with a number of his escorts, according to an informed source in the Nineveh police department. 

The source told ARA News that the raid was conducted after the secret service of Iraqi Kurdistan informed the U.S.-led coalition on the location of al-Zakiyah.

The ISIS Emir was reportedly heading from Tal Afar to Ramadi, capital of Anbar province, before his convoy was hit in the airstrike. 

“At least eight militants were killed along with Ammar Mustafa al-Zakiyah in the operation,” the informed source reported. 

This comes just two months after a similar strike by the western coalition killed the former ISIS Emir of Tal Afar Ali Hassan al-Afari

Subsequent to the death of al-Afari in November, 2015, ISIS appointed al-Zakiyah as the group’s new Emir on Tal Afar. 

The coalition has recently intensified its airstrikes on ISIS tactical units, resources and command centers. 

In the past few months, several ISIS leaders and security officials have been killed in airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition and in operations carried out by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and anti-ISIS rebel groups, specifically in the city of Mosul and other areas of Nineveh province in northern Iraq. 

Reporting by: Salar Qassim

Source: ARA News

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