Airstrike kills Daesh second-in-command in W. Iraq
Daesh's second-in-command was reportedly killed in western Iraq
By Amer al-Hassani
Iraqi authorities said Saturday the second-in-command of the Daesh terrorist group was killed in an airstrike in western Iraq.
In a televised statement, the Iraqi Air Force Command said Abu Yahya, Daesh's war minister, was killed along with two other group leaders in the strike that targeted a Daesh site in al-Qaem town in the western Anbar province.
There was no comment from Daesh on the claim.
In February, Iraqi ground forces -- backed by U.S.-led coalition air power -- began fresh operations aimed at ousting Daesh militants from western Mosul, the terrorist group’s last bastion in northern Iraq.
The offensive is part of a wider campaign launched last October to retake the entire city, which Daesh overran in mid-2014.