Abu Omar al-Shishani, who the Pentagon described as Islamic State’s “minister of war,” was killed in combat in the Iraqi city of Shirqat, south of Mosul, a news agency that supports the militant group said on Wednesday.
The Islamic State released a new propaganda video Tuesday featuring captured British journalist John Cantlie in the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul, Iraq.
The Islamic State’s territorial losses in Iraq and Syria have been hailed by the Obama administration as evidence that the terror group is failing, but experts predict that the group will continue to instigate large-scale attacks in the Middle East and westward.
The United States will deploy an additional 560 troops to Iraq to position American advisers at a newly retaken air base that will serve as a staging platform in the fight to retake Mosul from ISIS.
Donald Trump lauded former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on Tuesday for efficiently killing terrorists despite the U.S. listing Iraq as a state sponsor of terrorism during his rule.
A synchronized attack on ISIS militants by unknown persons in the city of Mosul suggests spreading unrest in the last large city held by ISIS in Iraq.