ISIS deputy leader killed in air strike

Iraqi Defence Ministry says US air stike killed ISIS’ second man during meeting in Tal Afar

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

ISIS deputy leader and other senior ISIS members were killed in a United States-led coalition air strike, the Iraqi Defence Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

The foreign ministry statement said  Abu Alaa al Afri, deputy leader of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, was killed when the coalition forces targeted an ISIS meeting in Tal Afar, the West of Mosul.

However, US Central Command responded the claims by saying it is aware of the reports about Afri’s death, but added it had no information to corroborate the claims.

The Command also responded the criticisms by some local sources claiming the air strikes hit civilian targets.

"We have significant mitigation measures in place within the targeting process and during the conduct of operations to reduce the potential risks of collateral damage and civilian casualties," said the Command.

The anti-ISIS coalition began its air strikes against ISIS on Sept. 23, 2014 as the militant group began expanding further into Iraq and Syria, taking hold of more than a third of both countries’ territory.

Since the start of the international fight against ISIS, dubbed Operation Inherent Resolve, the US has spent a daily average of $8.5 million - totalling in $1.96 billion in military expenditure as of April 8 - to destroy 5,784 targets.


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