Mosul – Islamic State militant in charge of the administrative affairs of Nineveh province in Iraq and the Syrian city of Raqqa has been declared to be killed in western Mosul.
In a statement on Sunday, the military intelligence department confirmed the death of IS leader called Mohamed Mejbal al-Jawari, who was recently appointed as head of the administrative affairs in Nineveh and Raqqa in an airstrike at al-Zanjili district, in western Mosul.
Iraqi forces have been sweeping through northwestern neighborhoods over the past few weeks in a way to invade the strategic Old City, after finding it hard to invade from the south.
More than 16,000 IS members were killed since beginning of operations in Mosul, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool said last week. 89.5 percent of western Mosul was liberated with only a few districts remaining under the militants’ control.
On Saturday, Federal Police said more than 100 Islamic State snipers were killed since start of military operations in western Mosul in February.
Eastern Mosul was liberated in January after three months of battles. Another major offensive was launched in February to retake the western side.
Iraqi generals has predicted liberating the city before end of this month.