Nineveh operations command announced on Tuesday the death of the Islamic State (IS) leader in Qayyara after the government forces reportedly entered the district.
Amir Wathiq, and official from Nineveh operations command told BasNews that strenuous confrontations broke out on Tuesday, August 23, between the Iraqi troops and IS militants in the town of Qayyara which resulted in destroying around 23 car bombs belonging to the extremist group.
Despite killing scores of militants, the Iraqi troops were also able to kill Abu Futuhi, the Chechen IS leader in Qayyara, said the official.
Najim al-Jabouri, the commander of Nineveh operations announced today that the Iraqi troops have entered Qayyara town located in southern Mosul on the west bank of Tigris river.
Qayyara town has been under the control of the militants since 2014. The Qayara airbase on the outskirt of the town has been liberated recently by the Iraqi forces in collaboration with the global coalition’s warplanes.
Clearing Qayyara and and other IS-held areas in the south of Mosul helps the Iraqi army prepare the ground for an ultimate assault against the jihadist group in central Mosul which is considered the main IS bastion in Iraq.