Iraqi forces claim killing of IS 'deputy caliph' in counter-terrorism operation

Iraqi security forces have killed a senior Islamic State (IS) figure Abu Yaser al-Issawi, who claimed to be the leader of the group in Iraq and its “deputy caliph”, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said on Thursday. “Our heroic armed forces have eliminated Daesh commander Abu Yaser Al-Issawi as part of an intelligence-led operation,” Kadhimi tweeted. Acknowledging the efforts of Iraq’s “heroic armed forces”, Kadhimi added: “I gave my word to pursue [IS] terrorists, we gave them a thundering response.” “If this is indeed confirmed, it’s significant news, al-Issawi headed up IS’s entire Iraq op…

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