ISIL 'information minister' killed in Mosul raid

Zeyad Kharoufa is believed to have been responsible for extrem group's elaborate propaganda machine

ISIL 'information minister' killed in Mosul raid

World Bulletin / News Desk

The ISIL extremist group’s "information minister" has been killed by an airstrike in the northern city of Mosul, the Iraqi army said Wednesday. 

In a statement, the army said Iraqi warplanes had struck ISIL positions in Mosul, which remains the target of a wide-ranging military offensive now in its fifth week. 

According to the army statement, Zeyad Kharoufa -- believed to have been responsible for ISIL’s elaborate propaganda machine -- was killed in one of the airstrikes. 

In a related development, Iraq’s Military Intelligence Directorate announced that a ISIL aerial drone had been shot down west of Mosul. 

In a statement, the directorate said the drone had been brought down in the Mahlabya district (some 35 kilometers west of Mosul) with the help of the Hashd al-Shaabi militia group.

An umbrella group of pro-government Shia militias, the Hashd al-Shaabi was established in 2014 with the express aim of fighting ISIL.

In mid-2014, the extremist group overran vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq, including Mosul. 

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