ERBIL — Iraqi security forces have killed a senior Islamic State (IS) leader and captured nine other members of the militant group in Baghdad and Kirkuk provinces, an official statement said on Thursday.
Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Agency confirmed in a statement that its forces managed to kill an IS commander who worked as "an officer" of public relations in the jihadist group's so-called Daquq sector.
Meanwhile, an IS senior member was captured in southeast of the capital Baghdad, according to the statement.
The agency noted that Muhammad al-Zawbaie was codenamed Abu Azzam/Abu Seif, "served as the Emir of al-Zarqawi battalion, adding that the militant "was commuting between Iraq and Syria."
"He was captured in coordination with the Global Coalition and the Counter-Terrorism Service in Erbil," the agency further explained.
Elsewhere in al-Awashra village in Kirkuk, the Iraqi forces ambushed an IS commander.
In separate operations in Kirkuk province, security forces also captured five IS members, including four non-Iraqi nationals.
Moreover, two other militants were captured at al-Soqour security checkpoint and Abu Ghraib district, Baghdad province, the agency added.