US air strikes kill several IS leaders in Iraq: Pentagon

This US Air Forces Central Command photo released by the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System shows a US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle flying over northern Iraq on September 23, 2014 after conducting airstrikes in SyriaSeveral leaders of the Islamic State group in Iraq have been killed in US air strikes in recent weeks, dealing a blow to the jihadist forces, the Pentagon said Thursday. “I can confirm that since mid-November, targeted coalition airstrikes successfully killed multiple senior and mid-level leaders” in the IS, spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement. “We believe that the loss of these key leaders degrades ISIL’s ability to command and control current operations against Iraqi Security Forces, including Kurdish and other local forces in Iraq,” said Kirby, using an alternative acronym for the jihadists. The bombing raids were carried out mostly in northern Iraq, defense officials said, but they did not say where each leader was killed.

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