Iraqi Air Force Continues Campaign of Airstrikes on ISIS Targets in Anbar
The airstrike allegedly took place in western Anbar province, east of the town of Haditha.
The deceased commander is reported to have been Assi Ali Mohammed Nasser al-Obeidi. He was formerly a colonel in the Iraqi Republican Guards during the reign of Saddam Hussein. He spent some years in American prisons before joining ISIS.
Al-Obeidi became acquainted with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the current ISIS/ISIL leader, in Camp Bucca prison. The Americans released al-Baghdadi from Camp Bucca in 2009, while al-Obeidi was transferred to the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, from which he escaped in 2013. He became a top ISIS commander and went under the name of “Abu Omar al-Obeidi.”
Al-Obeidi hailed from the small town of Hawija to the west from Kirkuk. His last post was chief of staff of ISIS’s Military Council.
Al-Obeidi adds to the long list of top rank ISIS commanders reported to have been eliminated by the Iraqi Army in recent months. They include al-Baghdadi’s top deputy Abu Ali al-Anbari and the head of ISIS’ intelligence committee Abu Hassan al-Sahabi.
As recently as Friday, January 8, the Iraqi Defense Ministry announced: “ISIL Spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani was killed during the terrorist group’s offensive at the town of Barwani in Iraq’s Western territories,” although the terrorist group is yet to make any official statement on al-Adnani’s death.
In October 2015, a convoy of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was targeted by an Iraqi Air Force airstrike, also in western Anbar province bordering Syria. It was heading to Al-Karable to attend a meeting with other ISIS commanders. The airstrike reportedly killed dozens of jihadists who were accompanying the ISIS leader. Al-Baghdadi was wounded himself and evacuated to safety to undergo medical treatment, RT reported.