Many high-ranking ISIS militants have been killed in recent weeks, as anti-ISIS operations attempt to snuff out the group's sleeper cells
Islamic State leader, along with other militants, were killed as three rest houses were destroyed in shelling by Iraqi troops in Syria, an official from the pro-government troops said on Monday.
In remarks reported by the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), Qassim Musleh, commander of the western Anbar axis, said, “artillery shelling was carried out against pockets of Islamic State at the border region of Sousa, in Syria.”
The shelling, according to Musleh, “destroyed three rest houses of Islamic State, killing group of militants inside. There were Arabs and foreign militants, as well as the head of security department called Abu Aisha.”
Iraqi warplanes had launched wave of air raids against outposts of the Islamic State group in Syria.
In April, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi denied intentions to intervene within Syrian affairs, saying airstrikes against Islamic State will continue.
Iraq had previously announced launching airstrikes against IS locations in Syria. This came after Abadi said security troops will follow IS militants in the whole region, not only in Iraq.
The Iraqi-Syrian borders are under the control of joint troops of military and border guards.
In December, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.