The Iraqi and Syrian militaries and their allies have spent the past three years engaged in mop-up operations to liquidate the remnants of the so-called Daesh (ISIS)* ‘Caliphate’ – a vast jihadist-controlled territory which once stretched across wide swathes of northern and western Iraq and eastern Syria.
The US-led coalition against Daesh says its forces took part in the elimination of senior Daesh commander Jabbar Ali Farhan al-Issawi, aka Abu Yasser, with coalition spokesman Wayne Marotto reporting that the terror commander was killed in a US airstrike near Kirkuk, northern Iraq, on Wednesday in a joint mission together with Iraqi Special Operations Forces.
“Yasir’s death is another significant blow to Daesh resurgence efforts in Iraq. The Coalition will continue to remove key leaders from the battlefield and degrade the terrorist organization,” Marotto tweeted.
Marotto account of the operation tells a slightly different version of the story from the one told earlier by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, who tweeted Thursday that “deputy caliph” Abu Yasser had been killed by Iraq’s “heroic armed forces…as part of an intelligence-led operation.”
The operation to eliminate Abu Yasser comes in the wake of deadly dual blasts at a Baghdad open-air market on 21 January which killed at least 32 and wounded over 100 others.
Iraq declared victory over Daesh in late 2017 after clearing…