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EXCLUSIVE: Iraqi Forces Win Back 2 Key Villages Near Sharqat City

25 June 2016 21:33

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The Iraqi joint forces continued their advances near the city of al-Sharqat in the Northern part of Salahuddin province on Saturday, and seized back two strategic villages in the region.

The Iraqi forces purged the terrorists from the al-Zawiya-Makhoul intersection and took full control of al-Baydha and al-Jabariya villages near al-Sharqat city.

Scores of ISIL terrorists were killed and wounded in tough battle with the Iraqi army and popular forces.

The Iraqi volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) forces also took full control of the Southern outskirts of al-Sharqat.

On Tuesday, a senior ISIL commander and close associate of the Takfiri terrorist group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in an air raid on Sharqat city, Iraqi popular forces announced.

Sarmad Mazahem Ahmad Hassan al-Hanini, ISIL’s notorious commander, was killed in an aerial bombardment on the outskirts of Sharqat city on Monday night.

Al-Hanini was a close associate of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Arabic-language media outlets quoted an unnamed battlefield source as saying.

In late May, the Iraqi army and Hashd al-Shaabi killed scores of Takfiri terrorists, including two senior ISIL commanders and a chief executioner, in a tough battle with them near al-Sharqat city.

Abdullah Abu Maryam, ISIL’s chief executioner in Sharqat city, was killed by the Iraqi security forces.

Two other ISIL commanders named Haji Hani and Abu A’esheh who were in charge of the terrorist group’s security in Sharqat were also killed in the Iraqi forces’ military operations.

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