Senior IS Leader Killed, Nine Dangerous Members Captured in Baghdad, Kirkuk
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Senior IS Leader Killed, Nine Dangerous Members Captured in Baghdad, Kirkuk

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.

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