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US-led coalition airstrikes kill 7 ISIS top leaders in Hawija

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Seven ISIS top leaders have been killed including bodyguard of the group's commander Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi in a US-led coalition airstrike in Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, security sources confirmed Wednesday.


In a press statement, the source said, "The aircraft of the International Coalition shelled today an ISIS bastion in the district of Hawija, 55 km southwest of Kirkuk, noting that preliminary information indicates the killing of about seven top leaders.


"The air strikes destroyed a number of vehicles and a tactical unit," the source said.

ISIS still controls the district of Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, with the US-backed Iraqi army preparing to storm it.


The terror group still controls areas in western Anbar governorate, their last stronghold in the country.


ISIS captured large swathes of Iraq and Syria in June 2014.