US air strikes kill Isis leader Maher al-Bilawi in Iraqi city of Fallujah

Iraqi government forces fire a rocket north-east of Fallujah AFP/Getty

The Independent
Thu, Jun 2, 2016

US air strikes killed a leader of the Islamic State in the Iraqi city of Fallujah as US and Iraqi government forces continue a sustained attack to defeat terrorist networks.

Maher al-Bilawi, the commander of Daesh forces in Falluajh, was killed on May 25, according to the spokesperson of the US military campaign leading the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Operation Inherent Resolve army colonel Steve Warren confirmed the death of Mr al-Bilawi and more than 70 terrorists in recent air strikes.

“We are still early in the Fallujah fight so it’s unclear how long this battle will last,” said Mr. Warren. The US forces’ goal is to also liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul, and Mr. Warren said different forces will be employed there and in Fallujah.

“We are going to every city sooner or later,” he said. “It’s just a case of sequencing.”
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