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ISIS ‘Deputy’ Killed in Iraq, Says Iraqi Prime Minister

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi announced Thursday that security forces have killed Abu Yaser al-Issawi, an ISIS commander who had claimed to be the leader of the terror group in Iraq and its “deputy caliph.” “Our heroic armed forces have eliminated Daesh [ISIS] commander Abu Yaser Al-Issawi as part of an intelligence-led operation,” Kadhimi wrote in a tweet, referring to ISIS by an Arabic term considered by the group to be slanderous. “I gave my word to pursue the Daesh terrorists, we gave them a thundering response,” Kadhimi wrote, adding, “Long live Iraq and its patriotic armed forces.” According to AFP, citing security sources, Issawi was killed on Wednesday in a remote swathe of Iraq’s northern Kirkuk province in an operation backed by the U.S.-led coalition. “The coalition carried out five air raids, killing at least 10 jihadists,” one of the sources told AFP. While Iraq declared victory against ISIS in …

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