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 the city of Sharqat in Salahuddin province, 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 on Tuesday.
In late May, the Iraqi army and volunteer forces (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 on Tuesday.