American-led coalition forces and U.S. aircraft have conducted an airstrike that killed a key ISIS commander on January 27.
Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service troops were conducting a raid on the ISIS location about 10 miles west of Kirkuk when coalition aircraft hit the target killing Jabbar Salman Ali Farhan al-Issawi, also known as Abu Yasir al-Issawi, deputy commander and ISIS chief in Iraq, and 10 other ISIS members.
The strike comes just a week after a double suicide bombing that killed 32 people and injured 100 in a crowded Baghdad marketplace.
Al-Issawi is believed to have coordinated ISIS’s operations in Iraq and relayed guidance to the group’s fighters across the country from Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, the leader of the terrorist group. Al-Qurayshi’s whereabouts are unknown.