Saturday, April 01, 2017
It sucks to be second
In a return to the way things were done during the initial Bush Disasters in Iraq, an air force strike has killed the second in command of the bad guys.There was one big difference this time.
Ayad al-Jumaili, believed to be the deputy of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been killed in an air strike, Iraqi State TV said on Saturday, citing Iraqi military intelligence.DAESH It All! Missed him again.
The U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition said it was unable at the moment to confirm the report.
Iraqi TV said Jumaili was killed with other Islamic State commanders in a strike carried out by the Iraqi air force in the region of al-Qaim, near the border with Syria. It gave no detail or date for the raid.
"The air force's planes executed with accuracy a strike on the headquarters of Daesh in al-Qaim .. resulting in the killing of Daesh's second-in-command...Ayad al-Jumaili, alias Abu Yahya, the war minister," said state TV, citing a statement from the directorate of military intelligence.
Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, have been battling since October to retake the city of Mosul, Islamic State's stronghold in Iraq and the city where Baghdadi declared a caliphate nearly three years ago.
Tens of thousands of refugees have been fleeing the city to escape the fighting.
U.S. and Iraqi officials believe Baghdadi has left operational commanders with diehard followers to fight the battle of Mosul, and is now hiding out in the desert with senior commanders.
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