Baghdad-based Colonel Steve Warren has announced that the leader of ISIL in the Iraqi city of Fallujah was killed in an air strike as part of the operation carried out by Iraqi troops to recapture the city from the terrorist group.
“We’ve killed more than 70 enemy fighters, including Maher Al-Bilawi” who is the commander of ISIL in Fallujah, said Warren, the spokesman of the U.S.-led coalition.
He said on Friday that over the last four days, 20 strikes in the besieged city had destroyed ISIL positions and gun emplacements.
The head of the Iraqi army operations aimed at retaking Fallujah, Lt. Gen. Abdul Wahab al-Saadi, said on Friday that the “security forces are making progress.”
“The resistance of ISIL is currently limited to carrying out car and suicide bombings, and deploying snipers on rooftops at a time when 50,000 civilians are still trapped in the city,” he said.