MOSUL — Three senior Islamic State (IS) leaders were killed in central Mosul on Wednesday, after an airstrike conducted by the Iraqi Army jets hit their position, Iraq's military intelligence service said.
The Iraqi military intelligence service released a statement on Wednesday saying that an airstrike by Iraqi fighter jets killed three senior IS leaders in Mosul's al-Jadida district, which was retaken by the Iraqi forces a few hours earlier.
According to the statement the three senior IS leaders are identified to be known under the names Mohamed Fathy al-Jubouri, a military official for the terrorist group in western Mosul, his aide, Ahmed Nawwaf al-Jubouri and Abu Anas al-Jubouri, a suicide squads official, IraqiNews reported.
The Iraqi forces recently managed to recapture the third out of five bridges crossing the Tigris River in Mosul, which is a highly important point for the government troops. They further liberate several neighbourhoods in the Old City in western Mosul, and a number of villages in the surrounding areas. A spokesperson for the Counter-Terrorism Service said earlier on Wednesday that the Iraqi forces have so far taken control over about 60% of western Mosul.
The Iraqi government backed by the US-led coalition launched the operation for liberating the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in October last year. The military forces liberated the entire eastern part of the city in the beginning of 2017, however since February the forces have been involved in operations in the western part of city, aiming to recapture it and clear the areas from any IS presence.