- Two Islamic State commanders were killed in U.S.-led airstrikes in Mosul, Iraq
- Killed were Basim Muhammad Ahmad Sultan al-Bajari and Hatim Talib al-Hamduni
- The deaths of the two IS commanders critically degraded the terror group’s leadership in Mosul
Two senior officials of the Islamic State (IS) were neutralized during U.S-led airstrikes just outside Mosul in Iraq, a Pentagon official announced Friday, July 1.
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the two IS commanders were killed on June 25; critically degrading the leadership of the terror group in Mosul.
Killed were Basim Muhammad Ahmad Sultan al-Bajari, the terror group’s deputy minister of war, and Hatim Talib al-Hamduni, an IS military commander in Mosul, as per an article published by Huffington Post.
Cook said it was Al-Bajari who oversaw the occupation of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, on June 10, 2014.
The U.S. Defense Department official said the two IS commanders were on board a vehicle that was struck during the airstrike.
“Their deaths, along with strikes against other ISIL leaders in the past month, have critically degraded ISIL’s leadership experience in Mosul and removed two of their most senior military members in Northern Iraq,” Cook, using another acronym for IS, said in a statement.
“Removing these terrorist leaders from the battlefield shapes the environment for Iraqi forces to ultimately liberate Mosul with support from the international coalition,” he added.
The news of the Al-Bajari and Al-Hamduni’s deaths came as the Iraqi forces claim to have freed the Iraqi city of Fallujah from the hands of the Islamic State.
On June 29, a series of airstrikes by a U.S. led coalition killed at least 250 IS fighters as they were fleeing Fallujah on board a convoy of more than 40 vehicles.
The airstrikes were the deadliest ever against the terror group.