BAGHDAD, IRAQ (4:15 P.M.) – The Iraqi Air Force reportedly carried out a powerful airstrike above the strategic town of Hawija, killing the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) governor and 13 of his aides in the process.
“A source within the district of Hawija reported that a tunnel dug by ISIS had collapsed on them, killing the Governor of Hawija, Abu Nasser Al-Zubai, and 13 of his aides,” the official media page of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) reported on Thursday.
This latest airstrike by the Iraqi Air Force comes just days ahead of the upcoming Hawija offensive that is scheduled to start anytime now.
Recently, Liwaa Salahiddeen, a brigade within the Popular Mobilization Units, liberated the key town of Al-Shirqat, which is located just east of Hawija.
The liberation of Al-Shirqat was an important step towards clearing the final Islamic State pockets in the Salahiddeen and Kirkuk governorates.