Reports: US Airstrike Kills 3 Top ISIS Militants

Thursday, 04 Sep 2014 03:01 PM

By Todd Beamon

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Three top Islamic State (ISIS) members, including an aide to leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, were killed Wednesday in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq, according to news reports based on information from senior Baghdad security officials.

Abu Hajar al-Sufi, an aide to Baghdadi, died in the strike in Mosul, NBC News reported Thursday. The others killed were an explosives operative and the military leader of nearby Tel Afar, the Iraqi official said.

The Iraqi Defense Ministry official spoke on the condition of anonymity, NBC reports.

Urgent: Do You Approve of Obama's Handling of Foreign Policy? Vote Here

Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, could not confirm the deaths — telling NBC only that ISIS leaders had not been targeted in the strike.

"If there are leaders inside of ISIL troop formations that have been attacked, then they will likely be killed," Warren said, using the government-preferred acronym for the Islamic State.

U.S. airstrikes have been directed against troop concentrations threatening specific areas in the north, including the Mosul dam and the Kurdish capital of Irbil, Stars and Stripes reports.

The Daily Beast reported that Baghdadi himself had been killed, based on reports in Turkish and Kurdish media on Wednesday.

That is not true, a senior U.S. Defense Department official said.

"There is no validity to the rumor that we've killed Baghdadi," the official told the Daily Beast.

The United States resumed airstrikes on Iraq in August after the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) gained ground in its quest to establish a caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

The terrorist group has beheaded two American journalists in recent weeks, James Foley, 40, of Rochester, N.H., and Steven Sotloff, 31, of Miami.

ISIS posted their executions in videos on the Internet.

News of Sufi's death comes a day after Human Rights Watch said that ISIS killed between 560 and 770 Iraqi soldiers near the city of Tikrit.

Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday that the Islamic State overtook Camp Speicher, located north of Baghdad, in June. Thereafter "horrific abuses" occurred at the hands of ISIS on a scale that "clearly rises to the crimes against humanity," the watchdog group said.

Urgent: Do You Approve of Obama's Handling of Foreign Policy? Vote Here

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Politico: Clintons Rung Up $1.5M Bill Jetting to Midterm Events

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 10:56 AM

The cost of flying Bill and Hillary Clinton around the country on private jets to stump for Democratic candidates during . . .

Joe Scarborough: Cowering to Hackers 'Can't Be Our New Reality'

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 09:18 AM

The United States shouldn't "cower" and give into hackers threatening to attack theaters if they aired a movie that poke . . .

Review: 'Insular' Secret Service Needs Outsider as Leader

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 09:08 AM

The Secret Service is an insular agency that needs a new director hired from the outside, according to former governme . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved