A top terrorist ISIS leader was killed during a coalition airstrike led by the United States in Iraq, officials announced Friday. Coalition spokesman Wayne Marotto said in a statement that the airstrike on Wednesday killed 10 ISIS terrorists including Jabbar Salman Ali Farhan al-Issawi. It was a part of a joint mission between the U.S. and Iraqi forces.
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“Yasir’s death is another significant blow to Daesh terrorist resurgence efforts in Iraq,” said Marotto, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.
Abu Yasir, the most senior Daesh leader in Iraq, was killed during an air strike near Kirkuk, Jan. 27, 2021. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi also released a statement about the military victory over the vicious terror organization.
“We promised and fulfilled. I gave my word to pursue Daesh terrorists, we gave them a thundering response. Our heroic armed forces have eliminated Daesh commander Abu Yaser Al-Issawi as part of an intelligence-led operation,” said Al-Kadhimi.
Abu Yasir, the most senior Daesh leader in Iraq, was killed during an air strike near Kirkuk, Jan. 27, 2021. The @iraqicts & @CJTFOIR partnered operation resulted in the deaths of 10 Daesh terrorists. Yasir’s death is another significant blow to Daesh resurgence efforts in Iraq. pic.twitter.com/cdfToIgBCK
— OIR Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto (@OIRSpox) January 29, 2021
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The terrorist organization had claimed responsibility for a double suicide bombing attack in Baghdad a week previous to the airstrike. The terrorists set off their bombs in a crowded outdoor marketplace, killing 32 people and injuring more than a hundred.
Witnesses said one of the suicide bombers pretended to be sick and detonated his bomb when people crowded to help him. The second terrorist detonated his bomb when others rushed in to help the wounded from the first attack.
“The Coalition will continue to remove key leaders from the battlefield and degrade the terrorist organization,” said Marotto after the airstrike.
“Terrorists – you will never live in peace,” he warned, “you will be pursued to the ends of the earth.”
The Iraq War began in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq by a United States-led coalition that overthrew the government of Saddam Hussein. The conflict continued for much of the next decade as an insurgency emerged to oppose the occupying forces and the post-invasion Iraqi government. US troops were officially withdrawn in 2011. However, following the spread of the Syrian civil war and the territorial gains of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Obama administration decided to redeploy US forces to Iraq in 2014.