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Iraqi troops kill senior Daesh commander, capture 17 others near Mosul

Iraqi security forces have killed a high-ranking commander of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and detained more than a dozen other terrorists during a counter-terrorism operation in the country’s northern…

Tuesday, 08 January 2019 20:10

Iraqi security forces have killed a high-ranking commander of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and detained more than a dozen other terrorists during a counter-terrorism operation in the country’s northern province of Nineveh as government troops and allied fighters from Popular Mobilization Units are trying to purge the Arab country of the last remnants of the terror outfit.

“Troops from the Nineveh Operations Command launched a major security campaign in Badush district, northeast of Mosul, and managed to kill a senior Daesh leader,” Provincial police officer Major Azad Fouad told Arabic-language Dijlah television networkon Sunday.

“The troops also arrested 17 Daesh militants,” Fouad said, adding that a large amount of munitions and firearms were seized from the Takfiris as well.

The development occurred a day after fighters from Popular Mobilization Units – commonly known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi – and soldiers from the Salahuddin Operations Command launched joint operations in 30 villages of Iraq’s north-central province of Salahuddin, destroying three militant hideouts as well as two underground tunnels used by Daesh members.

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