A senior Islamic State (IS) militant, brought to Mosul to replace the killed leader of the Mosul Wilayah [district], has been killed by a coalition air strike.
According to information obtained by BasNews, Nawab Barjis Darwesh al-Shamari was killed on Tuesday. He was a deputy of IS Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He was aslo known as Sha’lan al-Shamari and Haji Ghanim.
BasNews has learned that at the time Mosul fell to IS, he was the head of the Cizira Wilayah in Syria. However, when the head of the Mosul Wilayah, Abu Mo’taz, was killed, al-Shamari was brought to Iraq to replace him.
The Iraqi national was killed in air strikes targeting IS bases in Mosul, especially those in the Shallat area.
IS militants captured Mosul in June 2014, expanding to take control of the whole of Nineveh. In recent weeks Kurdish Peshmerga forces have pushed them back to Mosul from many areas of the province.
Peshmerga commanders in northern Mosul have told BasNews that the insurgents’ morale is at an all-time low as they continue to retreat from strategic positions.