A top “mufti” of the Daesh terrorist group was killed by Iraqi police in western Mosul, a high-ranking police official said Friday.
“Police units killed Daesh ‘Mufti’ Abdullah Younis al-Badrani -- also known as Abu Ayyub al-Attar -- in a rocket attack near western Mosul’s Republican Hospital,” General Raed Shakir Jawdat, commander of Iraq’s Federal Police force, said in a statement.
He did not say when exactly the incident occurred.
A mufti is a Muslim legal expert authorized with issuing rulings, or fatwas, on religious matters.
“Police also targeted a terrorist concentration, including several foreign fighters, elsewhere in western Mosul, killing two prominent Daesh leaders,” Jawdat added.
He went on to identify one of the two slain terrorists as Abdul Qadir Mahmoud al-Hamdouni, otherwise known as Abu Sajee.
In a related development Thursday night, the Iraqi army announced the capture of Mosul’s main western entrance.
The Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Thursday announced the beginning of the fourth phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation against Islamic State’s (ISIS) extremists in Raqqa, northeast Syria. to clear out the northern countryside of Raqqa.
“In the name of the General Command of the Euphrates Wrath Operations Command, we now announce the beginning of the fourth phase to clear the remaining northern countryside and the valley of Jalab from the terrorists and to remove the last obstacles in front of us, to prepare for the liberation of the city of Al-Raqqa and the completion of the siege with encirclement of the terrorists,” the SDF’s operations room said in a statement obtained by ARA News.
“This operation is carried out with the participation of the various factions and forces affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces, with the direct support of the [US-led] coalition forces against terrorism through overall coverage and actual consultation on the ground. Progress is made on several fronts, eastern front and western front, Jalab and the northern countryside of the city of Raqqa,” it said.
The SDF leadership called on the people of Raqqa to cooperate with the Syrian Democratic Forces against ISIS, in order to ensure their safety. “Stay away from enemy positions and beware of the enemy’s plans that they will using them as human shields. We pledge to exert all efforts to preserve their security and safety,” the room said.
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MOSUL, Iraq — The airstrike crater on a once-busy road in eastern Mosul is filled with murky water and lined with garbage, a nearby market shrouded in the stench. The fight for Iraq's second largest city ended nearly three months ago, but little is back to normal.
Iraq declared the eastern half of Mosul "fully liberated" in January and launched an ongoing operation for the western half the following month. But the destruction left by the fighting is visible everywhere in the east, and resentment is already mounting at the slow pace of reconstruction.
That could have implications for Iraq's post-ISIS future. Mosul is diverse city, and widespread anger at the alleged corruption and mismanagement of the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad enabled the extremists to gain a foothold in the city years ago — and overrun it in a matter of days in the summer of 2014.
There is no running water or electricity in eastern Mosul, and government employees who had their salaries cut off during the extremists' rule face a long process of security vetting before they can get paid again. Clearing crews can be seen here and there, filling in holes and dragging away the burnt shells of vehicles, but they face a daunting task.
"They brought two pipes with some gravel, and the governor and the director of the municipality came wearing workmen's clothes to show that they were doing something," said Riyadh Thanoun, the owner of a nut shop. He said they placed the pipes and gravel over a nearby stream where a bridge had been destroyed, but the makeshift crossing washed away in the first heavy rain.
"Now it is worse than it was before," he said. "You can't cross at all and have to make a long detour."
His and other shops rely on costly outdoor generators for electricity. Damage to the water network has caused widespread diarrhea, and forced aid agencies to truck some 2.3 million liters of water into the city every day.
March was the deadliest month ever recorded by Airwars during the Coalition’s campaign in Iraq and Syria. This coincided with the greatest number of munitions dropped by the allies so far in the war. The high number of alleged incidents across both countries forced Airwars temporarily to pause its full vetting of Russian airstrikes in order to keep pace with the reported Coalition toll.
After a disastrous strike on March 17th claimed up to 230 lives in Mosul, media attention intensified – and the Coalition began reviewing its strike policies in the campaign there. However, civilians were also killed in record numbers across the border in the vicinity of Raqqa, Syria. Indeed it appears highly likely that the Coalition killed hundreds of civilians in Syria during March, with little press coverage. Neither the campaigns for Raqqa nor Mosul have finished – and Coalition proxies backed by US forces have yet to even begin fighting in Raqqa city itself.
For the third straight month the reported civilian toll of Russian airstrikes in Syria was surpassed by that of the Coalition in both Iraq and Syria. But this may change, as Moscow again ramps up its own air campaign – one that has already left thousands of civilians dead.