Daesh propaganda chief believed dead in Mosul, Iraq
In mid-2014, the extremist group overran vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq, including Mosul. (AFP/File)
The Daesh extremist group's "information minister" has been killed by an airstrike in the northern city of Mosul, the Iraqi army said Wednesday.
In a statement, the army said Iraqi warplanes had struck Daesh positions in Mosul, which remains the target of a wide-ranging military offensive now in its fifth week.
According to the army statement, Zeyad Kharoufa -- believed to have been responsible for Daesh's elaborate propaganda machine -- was killed in one of the airstrikes.
In a related development, Iraq's Military Intelligence Directorate announced that a Daesh aerial drone had been shot down west of Mosul.
In a statement, the directorate said the drone had been brought down in the Mahlabya district (some 35 kilometers west of Mosul) with the help of the Hashd al-Shaabi militia group.
An umbrella group of pro-government Shia militias, the Hashd al-Shaabi was established in 2014 with the express aim of fighting Daesh.
In mid-2014, the extremist group overran vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq, including Mosul.
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