Iraqi security officers have reported the killing of a top-level commander of the Daesh in the country’s north-central province of Salahuddin. The government troops backed by allied fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units engaged in a fierce exchange of gunfire with Daesh Takfiris in a rural area west of Shirqat town, located some 280 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad.
The forces shot and killed Salih Karkaz wanted by Iraqi forces as the leader of the so-called Nahavand Battalion. The battalion is among the last remaining Daesh cells that have been terrorizing residents in the region. Meanwhile, at least 26 Daesh terrorists have been arrested during a counter-terrorism operation near Badush village seizing weapons and hand grenades from the captured Takfiris.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is also the commander-in-chief of Iraqi forces, pledged on June 30 to hunt down Daesh terrorists across Iraq after a series of attacks and abductions carried out by the terrorist group. Al- Abadi has led a successful campaign against ISIS with backing from both domestic militias/rebels as well as international allies to recover the vast majority of territories overrun by ISIS.