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Senior ISIL Leader Arrested in Baghdad

21 November 2015 15:07



Iraq’s security forces arrested a senior ISIL commander in the capital, Baghdad, on Saturday as the country’s army and volunteer fighters continue attacks on ISIL-held regions across Iraq.

The senior ISIL leader, Salih al-Hashmawi, was arrested by the Iraqi forces in Baghdad.

The Iraqi army and government have not yet made an official statement on the case.

On Wednesday, the Iraqi forces regained control of two key villages in Kirkuk province, and killed 94 ISIL terrorists in military operations in several areas across Iraq.

Fighters from pro-government Popular Mobilization units purged Qaryat al-Atiq and Qaryat al-Rawabin villages, which lie on the Western foothills of the Hamrin Mountains in the province of Kirkuk, of the ISIL terrorists on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, Iraqi fighter jets bombed ISIL positions in the Makhoul Mountains, which lie 40 kilometers (24.8 miles) North of the provincial capital city of Tikrit, in the province of Salahuddin, killing 54 terrorists.

The airstrikes also destroyed a launching pad used by ISIL terrorists to lob mortar rounds at the area.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi security forces mounted separate ground operations North of Anbar’s provincial capital city of Ramadi, killing at least 40 ISIL Takfiri militants.

Five explosive-laden vehicles, which ISIL members had planned to use against Iraqi army troopers in Albu Dhiyab and Albu Faraj areas, were also destroyed during the attacks.

On Tuesday, Iraqi army troops and volunteer forces repelled attacks by the ISIL terrorists in Salahuddin province, killing and injuring scores of them.

The Iraqi forces repelled the ISIL assaults in Makhoul Mountains in Salahuddin, informed sources said Tuesday.

The sources added that scores of the Takfiri militants were killed and injured.

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