The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, announced, on Thursday, the killing of the leader of ISIS in Iraq, Abu Yasser Al-Issawi, a week after the bloody attack in the capital, Baghdad, which was adopted by the extremist organization.
Al-Kazemi said in a tweet posted on his official Twitter account, “The terrorist gangs of ISIS threatened us with a shocking response, and the response came from our heroes to eliminate the leader of the League of Evil, or whoever calls himself the deputy caliph and the governor of Iraq in the organization, Abu Yasser al-Issawi, in a qualitative intelligence operation.”
Experts say that Al-Issawi is a senior leader in the organization, which in previous years controlled about a third of the lands of Iraq and large parts of Syria before its influence declined and receded in cells operating in the desert and mountainous areas.
The operation comes a week after the twin suicide bombing in Tayaran Square in Baghdad last Thursday, which killed 32 workers and shoppers, and was adopted by the extremist organization.
On Wednesday, security sources reported that the US-led international coalition to combat ISIS launched “five airstrikes, killing at least 10 militants in Wadi al-Shay, south of Kirkuk.”
A senior Iraqi security source confirmed to France Press that Al-Issawi was “among the dead.”
He explained that the operation was carried out based on information from the Iraqi intelligence service and the coordination of Iraqi joint operations.
Intelligence sources revealed to France Press that the leader of the organization, whose full name is Jabbar Salman Saleh Ali Al-Issawi, hails from the town of Al-Karma in the Fallujah district in Anbar province and held a position called “Wali of North Baghdad and Al-Baraka Province in Syria and the position of Emir of Omar Army.”
Since the bloody double attack in Baghdad, the Iraqi authorities have come under popular pressure to hunt down militants and carry out the death penalty for thousands of prisoners in Iraqi prisons.