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Daesh executes own senior commander in Kirkuk over leaving stronghold

This file photo shows Daesh Takfiri militants near the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. (Photo by Reuters)

The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group has reportedly executed one of its high-ranking militant commanders in Iraq’s northern oil-rich province of Kirkuk on charges of “attempts to escape to the land of non-believers.”

A local source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Arabic-language SNG news agency that the senior terrorist, identified by the nom de guerre Abu Qatada al-Muhajir, was killed on the outskirts of Hawijah city, located 45 kilometers west of the provincial capital city of Kirkuk.

The source added that al-Muhajir was a prominent Daesh member and in charge of recruiting Arab fighters.

He purportedly possessed a great deal of information about Daesh leaders and the terror group’s bombing squads.

Over dozen foreign Daesh women arrested near Tal Afar

Separately, Iraqi security troops have arrested dozens of female Daesh members near Tal Afar more than a fortnight after government forces, backed by allied fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, liberated the strategic northern city from the clutches of Daesh extremists.

The media bureau odf the Defense Ministry, in a statement released on Friday, announced that members iof the Federal Police Force arrested 14 female Daesh terrorists in Qasabet al-Ra’ie village on the outskirts of al-‘Ayadiya district, which lies 11 kilometers northwest of Tal Afar.

Iraqi forces advance towards al-‘Ayadiya district, northwest of Tal Afar, as they battle the last pockets of Daesh Takfiri militants in the area on August 30, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The statement added that thirteen of those arrested were Turkish nationals and only one of them came from Russia. There were sixteen children with the Takfiri women.

On August 31, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the city of Tal Afar and the entire Nineveh province had been purged of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

The recapture of Tal Afar was made possible with the help of Iraqi army soldiers, Federal Police Force, Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), pro-government fighters from Popular Mobilization Units – commonly known by the Arabic word Hashd al-Sha’abi and the Interior Ministry's elite rapid response forces, Abadi said.

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