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ISIS health minister, other leaders killed in Mosul

ISIS health minister, other leaders killed in Mosul

Kurdistan's Counterterrorism Group (CTG), in cooperation with the US-led coalition, killed ISIS health minister and a number of other ISIS leaders in Mosul city.

In a press release, the CTG added that the forces targeted an ISIS headquarters affiliated to ISIS al-Furqan brigade in Mosul.

The forces killed Abu Bakr el Sheshani, a Russian national who is ISIS military official in Nineveh governorate, and Abu Fatma el Tounsi, the terrorist group's financial official in Nineveh.

The statement also added that Dr. Salah Hassan el Sakalawi, aka Dr. Abdullah, who is considered ISIS health minister, and Dr. Abu Hassan el Homosi, ISIS health Emir in Wilayat el Sham, were also killed during the operation.

At least 30 terrorists were also killed in the operation, the CTG further said.

On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced Sunday the launch of a military operation to retake the western bank of Mosul from ISIS terrorist group.

“We announce the start of a new phase in the operation, we are coming to Nineveh to liberate the western side of Mosul,” Abadi said in a brief televised address.

Iraqi jets have dropped millions of leaflets in western Mosul, calling on residents to get ready to welcome the Iraqi troops as they continue the siege on the militants.

The latest operation to free the city from the terrorists began on October 17. After months of fighting, the coalition managed to secure the right bank of the city last month. The densely-populated west bank of Mosul is now the operation's target.