TWO of the Islamic State’s military leaders have been obliterated by a US-led airstrike near the group’s stronghold of Mosul.
The sick death cult’s deputy minister of war who oversaw the capture of the Iraqi city is said to be one of the jihadis obliterated in the strikes.
Iraqi forces are now preparing a full scale attack on Mosul in a bid to recapture the ISIS headquarters and rid the country of the bloodthirsty group.
The former war minister is said to be Basim Muhammad Ahmad Sultan al-Bajari who was a former al-Qaeda member and known for using homemade explosives, suicide bombers and mustard gas during attacks.
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said: “Their deaths, along with strikes against other ISIL leaders in the past month, have critically degraded ISIL’s leadership experience in Mosul and removed two of their most senior military members in northern Iraq.”
Both al-Bajari and military commander Hatim Talib al-Hamduni were killed as a result of a “precision strike” on June 25, according to Mr Cook.
Mr Cook added: “The international coalition fighting ISIL, working with local, capable and motivated forces on the ground in Iraq and Syria continues to make sustained progress in our campaign to deal ISIL a lasting defeat.”
The latest hammer blow to ISIS comes as government forces retook the city of Fallujah.
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