Iraqi Hashd Shaabi leader claims killing of ISIS leader in Diyala
An Iraqi prominent leader of paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces said Tuesday that the paramilitary troops killed the provincial leader of Islamic State (IS) militant group in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala.
“The military leader of Daesh (IS group) organization in Diyala, known as Abu Daha, was killed by our forces,” Hadi al-Ameri, head of the Iranian-backed Badr organization, said in a brief statement.
“This operation is to strengthen security and stability in the province, and we will go on to achieve security,” Ameri said without giving further details.
Badr organization was previously known as Badr Brigade which maintains its longtime ties with the neighboring Iran, where it was first built during the eight-year Iraqi-Iranian war in 1980s.
It turned into a political organization after 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
Meanwhile, Ali al-Timimi, head of security committee of the town of Maqdadiyah in Diyala, told Xinhua that Hashd Shaabi forces acted on intelligence and surrounded a group of IS militants at Himreen rugged area in the northern part of the province and killed the IS military leader Abu Daha and his aide, while managing to arrest four militants.
The announcement of the killing of the group’s leader came as Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said in a statement that their forces had killed a man named Abu Zaha, also pronounced Abu Daha in Arabic, and four other militants in Diyala province in Iraq.
Iran said that the killed IS leader was the “mastermind” behind an attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz last month which left 25 people dead, most of whom were members of the Revolutionary Guards.
The Iraqi statements about the killing of Abu Daha did not say whether the IS leader was the same person mentioned in the Iranian statement.