“I can confirm that since mid-November, targeted coalition airstrikes successfully killed multiple senior and mid-level leaders within the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” Kirby said in a statement published Thursday.
Kirby underscored that the loss of “key leaders” diminishes IS ability to command and supervise current operations against Iraqi Security Forces (ISF).
The US-led international coalition, formed in September, has been performing airstrikes in Syria and Iraq in an effort to eliminate IS extremists.
The IS, also known as ISIL and ISIS, has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012 and has declared a caliphate on the territories it has captured across eastern Syria as well as Northern and Western Iraq. The extremist militant group has been performing public executions, beheadings and hostage-taking among other atrocities.