IRAQ — Islamic State’s military emir has succumbed to death after one week from getting injured, northeast of Diyala, the security committee of Diyala provincial council was quoted saying on Thursday.
“Islamic State’s so-called Islamic State in al-Waqf basin, northeast of Baquba, succumbed to death after getting injured last week, when an airstrike targeted a rest house,” Sadeq al-Husseini, head of the committee, told AlSumaria News.
“The airstrikes killed several ISIS leaders over the past few months, especially in al-Waqf basin, where some sleeper cells still exist,” he added.
Thousands of ISIS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition, was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, Iraqi News reports.
In December, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against ISIS members. However, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.
The war against ISIS has so far displaced at least five million people. Thousands of others fled toward neighboring countries including Syria, Turkey and other European countries, since IS emerged to proclaim its self-styled “caliphate”.