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    An Iraqi forces member stands next to a crater made by an air strike in west Mosul as Iraqi troops continue battling against Islamic State (IS) group fighters to further advance inside the city, on March 7, 2017

    Senior Daesh Leader Killed in Iraqi Mosul, Over 40 Militants Wounded

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    The Iraqi security forces killed senior Daesh terror group (banned in Russia) leader Abu Ishaq Tounsi in Mosul, local media reported Monday citing Federal Police Commander Gen. Raed Shakir Jawdat.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Baghdad Post newspaper reported that Tounsi had been killed along with 44 Daesh militants.

    Jawdat also said that the police forces, backed by drones, continued advancing in the Daesh-controlled territories.

    Daesh jihadists took over Mosul in June 2014, and the operation aimed at liberating the city from the terrorists started in October 2016. The eastern part of the city was liberated by Iraqi and US-led coalition forces in late January, and in February, Iraqi forces began their operation to liberate the western Mosul from the Daesh.

    On April 1, Brig. Gen. Shaker Alwan Khafaji, one of the Iraqi Federal Police heads, told Sputnik that only 25-30 percent of western Mosul's territory was under the terrorists' control and that Iraqi government forces were continuing their efforts to liberate the city's districts.

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