BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces are still working to clear the remaining pockets of Islamic State (ISIS) fighters in the country. At dawn on Wednesday, Iraqi anti-terrorism forces with air support from International Coalition warplanes, conducted three security operations in different parts of the country during which ISIS fighters suffered heavy losses.
Major General Yahya Rasul, spokesperson for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, said in a press statement, that six ISIS fighters were killed in Wadi al-Shay, south of Kirkuk province, and another ISIS member was arrested in the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad. Three other ISIS members were arrested in the Al-Taji area north Baghdad, said Rasul.
In a separate statement, Rasul noted that the Iraqi National Intelligence Service was able to kill the so-called “Governor of Baghdad”, Omar Shalal Obeid, and his media person, Laith Jamal, alias Abu al-Baraa, in addition to his deputy, Qetal al-Muhajer.
The statement continued, “The heroes of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service have already been able to kill the former governor, Ahmed Issa, alias Abu Talha, replaced by the subsequently killed Omar Shalal.”