Iraqi air strike kills senior commander of DAESH

Iraqi media reports death of DAESH leader's second deputy, Nasser al Obeidi, in Iraqi Air Force air strike on western Anbar province

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Updated Jan 12, 2016

Local Iraqi media sources said that the Iraqi army announced in a statement on Saturday the death of Al Obaidi, the second deputy of DAESH leader, in an air strike in Iraq's western province of Anbar.

“An Iraqi Air Force air strike had killed Assi Ali Muhammad Nasser al Obeidi in the area of Barwana in the Anbar province after tracking him” said the Iraqi army in a statement. 

Obeidi was a top DAESH military commander and the second deputy of the terror organisation's leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. He was also responsible for the economical matters of DAESH

According to the statement, the Iraqi security forces had arrested the terrorist leader earlier and imprisoned him in the Abu Ghraib prison. But he was set free later in an operation by DAESH to free the detainees in prison.  

Iraqi media said that Obeidi had been a brigade commander in the special forces of Saddam Hussein's Republican Guards. 

Recently, US-led coalition announced similar killings, saying multiple figures within the DAESH senior leadership had died over the last few weeks. 

US Army spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), Steve Warren, said 10 senior DAESH leaders operating in both Iraq and Syria, "including several external attack planners," with designs on attacking western targets, had been killed in air strikes by the US-led coalition which was launched in September 2014 to fight DAESH in Syria and Iraq.

One of the leaders killed was an operative closely linked to the ringleader of the November attacks in Paris, a spokesman for the coalition said.

The Iraqi army, supported by the US-led coalition, has been advancing in the Anbar province within the operation launched to liberate the city from DAESH. The last success for the Iraqi army against DAESH came when it pushed terrorists out of the city of Ramadi.

DAESH, which started to increase its control in Iraq after capturing Mosul in 2014, is controlling swathes of lands in Iraq and Syria after declaring the city of Raqqa as the capital of its self-proclaimed state.

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