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Airstrike kills Daesh second-in-command in W. Iraq

Daesh's second-in-command was reportedly killed in western Iraq

Airstrike kills Daesh second-in-command in W. 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. 

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