ISIS second in command killed in Iraqi airstrike near Syrian border
Deputy Islamic State leader Ayad al-Jumaili is believed to have been killed in an Iraqi air strike near the Syrian border, according to intelligence reports.If true, this looks like a win for the Iraqi forces fighting ISIL. It also demonstrates the close ties of ISIS with the former Saddam Hussein regime.
Isil's second-in-command was reported to have been killed with other Islamic State commanders in a strike carried out by the Iraqi air force in the region of al-Qaim, near the border with Syria, on Saturday, a military intelligence source said.
Jumaili was an intelligence officer under Saddam Hussein and more recently ran Isil's top security agency in Iraq and Syria, answering directly to Baghdadi, according to experts.
"The air force's planes executed with accuracy a strike on the headquarters of Daesh in al-Qaim .. resulting in the killing of Daesh's second-in-command...Ayad al-Jumaili, alias Abu Yahya, the war minister," state TV said earlier, citing a statement from the directorate of military intelligence.