ISIS kills two Iraqi army commanders in car bombing

ISIS claims responsibility for killing two senior Iraqi military commanders in Ramadi

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi (front 2nd L) and Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi (front 3rd L) attend the funeral ceremonies of Major-General Abdel Rahman Abu Ragheef and Brigadier Safeen Abdel Majeed at the defence ministry in Baghdad

Two senior Iraqi military commanders were killed in a car bomb attack north of Ramadi, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombing shortly after the attack, a military spokesman and police sources said.

Deputy commander of Anbar Operations Command Major-General Abdel Rahman Abu Ragheef and Brigadier Safeen Abdel Majeed, head of the 10th division, were killed in the attack in the Jerayshi area along with three other people, said joint operations spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool.

Rasool told state TV the military had intercepted an explosives-laden vehicle targeting the forces, "but the resulting explosion led to [their] martyrdom." 

At least 10 others were wounded in the explosion, he added.

Ramadi is the capital of Anbar province, which fell into ISIS’ grasp in May, and pro-government forces, backed by US air strikes are battling the insurgency that controls roughly one third of Iraq.

The Iraqi military and police, backed by Shiite militias (Popular Mobilization forces), Sunni tribal fighters, are all fighting to retake the key city of Ramadi, 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Baghdad, however progress has been slow.

A separate attack killed three people in a suicide car bombing targeting a police forces checkpoint in the town of Bajwa, 15 kilometres (10 miles) northwest of Kirkuk.

The ISIS statement was distributed online by supporters, the militant group said it had targeted a main military headquarters, killing the deputy commander of Anbar Operations Command and the head of the 10th army division, as well as fire at an Iraqi fighter jet, destroying it and killing its crew.


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