The Iraqi ministry of defense (MoD) has announced that the ISIS deputy Abu Alaa al-Afri has been killed in an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition. The announcement came in today morning after a video was posted on the official MoD website.
Abu Alaa al-Afari, also known as Abdul Rahman Mustafa Mohammed was the second-in-command of ISIS and would have gained more prominence after it was announced earlier this month that Abu Bakr-al Baghdadi might not be able to lead the group and had a serious spinal injury. There were unconfirmed reports that al-Afri had already started taking charge of IS operations.
The video showed an air attack on the al-Shuhada mosque in Iraq’s northwestern city of Tal Afar, where al-Afri was holding a meeting with other ISIS leaders. The Iraqi military said that they had accurate intelligence about the meeting and that the total number of the militants killed inside the mosque was unknown.
It has also not been revealed which country carried out the airstrike and also the actual date of the operation. Al-Afari had a bounty of $7 million on his head. The Iraqi government has been known for announcing the deaths of IS leaders in military operations only to find them alive later on.
U.S. Central Command and Pentagon, on the other hand said that it had no information about the incident and could not confirm al-Afri’s death. They said that they had seen the media reports.
By Anugya Chitransh
International Business Times
(Photo via U.S. Department of Defense photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel, U.S. Air Force – Flickr)