Iraq says its jets killed top Anbar mufti

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The top ISIS mufti in Iraq’s Anbar province has been killed in an air raid by Iraqi jets, the Baghdad Operations Command said in a statement on Thursday.

”Iraqi fighter jets in the areas of Qaim and Karabla in Anbar managed to kill the official ISIS mufti, Mullah Hamid Al-Jofaifi, who has ordered the killings of civilians,” said the statement.

It added that several other militants also had been hit by the Iraqi air raids.

Earlier this week, Iraq’s Defense Ministry claimed that Islamic State’s second top leader, Abu Al-Afari, had been killed northwest of Mosul in airstrikes by the US-led coalition.

It said he had been second in command to the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and was killed while meeting with several other leaders and militants at a mosque.