World Bulletin / News Desk
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.