World Bulletin/News Desk
An ISIL leader has been killed in an air strike in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, residents and a local medical source said on Thursday.
They said Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni, who they described as the militant group's leader in Mosul, was killed with his driver when their car was hit in a western district of the city on Wednesday afternoon.
The ISIL swept through northern Iraq in June almost unopposed by Iraq's army, consolidating on gains made in the country's Sunni heartland region of Anbar.
Hamdouni was buried later on Wednesday. Large numbers of supporters, some carrying black ISIL flags, attended the funeral, one source said.
He had been the ISIL 'wali', or governor, of Mosul, which was captured by the group in June and remains the largest city in a self-declared ISIL caliphate straddling the border between northern Iraq and eastern Syria.
The United States, backed by some Western and Arab allies, launched air strikes against the group in Iraq in August, later expanding operations to targets in Syria.
The air campaign, which Washington says aims to degrade ISIL's military capability, helped Kurdish forces retake territory from the group in Iraq and defend the Syrian border town of Kobani from an ongoing IS offensive.
ISIL fighters faced another setback this week when Iraqi officials said they had broken a five-month siege of the Baiji oil refinery - Iraq's largest - on Tuesday.Last Mod: 20 Kasım 2014, 16:16