Iraqi forces kill senior ISIL commander in Salahuddin

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SHAFAQNA – Iraqi security forces have managed to kill a senior commander of the ISIL Takfiri militant group during a cleanup operation in the country’s troubled northern province of Salahuddin. 

A local security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Saturday that Iraqi soldiers killed a Chechen ISIL commander, known by his nom de guerre Abu Ibrahim al-Shishani, in an operation purging an area in the province of ISIL remnants. 

The source added that Shishani was responsible for organizing ISIL militant attacks against Baiji oil refinery, located 180 kilometers (112 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, over the past month. 

Iraqi forces also seized a bulldozer used by ISIL militants to throw up earthwork bulwarks around themselves, destroyed a workshop where improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were being made, and defused a number of car bombs during operations in Hay al-Teen, Qadesiya and al-Awja regions of Salahuddin Province. 

Elsewhere, units of government forces killed 37 ISIL Takfiris, among them four bombers clad in explosives-laden jackets, during a gunfight in the town of al-Karma, located 48 kilometers (30 miles) west of Baghdad. Iraqi troopers defused 175 IEDs and destroyed seven terrorist hideouts after the fighting. 
Sources – Press TV

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