The security forces, tipped-off by the country’s popular forces of Hashd al-Sha’abi, staged an ambush on a militant hideout in the village of Karhakazan, and killed the terrorists.
The slain terrorists were later identified as Adnan Ahmed Hassan al-Sour nom de guerre Abu Rizwan, who was a senior militant commander in the Riyadh district Southwest of Kirkuk, Shaker Shallal Ousebi, commonly known as Abu Haifa, who was responsible for ISIL’s medical affairs, Abu Talha, Abu Haitham and Hassan Ali Thalaj nom de guerre Abu Dhar.
Abu Rizwan was apparently one of the main organizers of ISIL’s surprise attack on Hashd al-Sha’abi forces in Saadounia village, Western Huweija, on February 18, when 21 voluntary fighters were killed.
Separately, security forces have uncovered a huge cache of ISIL’s munitions in the oil-rich city of Baiji, some 130 miles North of Baghdad.
Iraq’s Security Media Center reported on Saturday that five senior ISIL commanders that once participated in occupation operation of the town of Mosul and other regions in al-Anbar province were arrested in the Iraqi troops’ operation on Syria’s soil near the border with Iraq.
The center further said that the Iraqi forces captured Ferat Velayat (province) security Commander Saddam Omar Yahya al-Jamal nom de guerre Abu Roqiyeh al-Ansari, al-Mayadeen emir (commander) Mohammad Hossen Hazar nom de guerre Abu Seif al-Sha’eiti, Osam Abdul Qadir Ashour al-Zobei nom de guerre Abu Abdul Haq Araghi, Intelligence Commander in Ferat Velayat and Commander in al-Mayadeen region Omar Shahab Hamad al-Karbouli and Ismayeel Alwan Salman nom de guerre Abu Zeid Araghi, an aide to al-Baghdadi in an operation in Syria.
The center further said that the Iraqi forces interrogated the ISIL commanders and discovered the venue a meeting of ISIL commanders.
The Iraqi Air Force later pounded the meeting, killing nearly 40 terrorist commanders.
ISIL’s War Council Commander Omar Abd Hamed al-Fahdawi nom de guerre Abu Tarif al-Fahdawi, Chief of the Levant’s governors Abu Walid al-Sinawi, Security Commander of the Levant Abu Islam al-Kurdi and Military Commander of Ferat Velayat Ahmad Yahya Zeidan nom de guerre Abu Hassan al-Askari were among the terrorist commanders killed in the Iraqi air raid.