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IMIS' ‘sheikh of snipers’ killed in battle to retake Hawija from ISIS

IMIS ‘sheikh sniper’ killed in battle of retaking Hawija from ISIS
A militiaman known as “the Sheikh of snipers”, affiliated to the Iranian militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS), has been killed in the battle of retaking Hawija district from ISIS, The Guardian reported.

Abu Tahsin al-Salhi, who took part in conflicts dating back to the 1973 Arab-Israeli war and said he had gunned down at least 320 ISIS terrorists, died on Friday.

He was killed as he advanced on Hawija in northwest Iraq, said Ahmad al-Assadi, spokesman for IMIS.

At his funeral on Saturday near the southern port city of Basra, close friend Ahmad Ali Hussein said the marksman was widely known by comrades as “the Sheikh of snipers” or “hawk eye”.

He also fought in late former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein’s 1980-1988 war against Iran, his 1990 invasion of Kuwait and against US troops who toppled Saddam in 2003, before turning his sights on ISIS.

“Today, I gunned down two of them (ISIS fighters). That’s ridiculous — the minimum for me is four,” he said in the video. In anti-ISIS battles in 2015 “I killed 173 of them, and now I’m at 320.”
Last Modified: Sunday، 01 October 2017 02:22 PM
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