Top ISIS commanders killed in Ramadi: who were they?

Iraqi security forces celebrating their victory against ISIS in Ramadi (Reuters)

The Iraqi interior ministry revealed the names of the ISIS members killed in two airstrikes carried out Monday in Anbar, pointing out that the militants killed included three Russians, one of whom was an expert in making missiles.

The ministry's statement reported that among those killed is Abu Ahmad al-Alwani, an ISIS military council official who used to work in Iraq's Saddam-era former Republican Guard.

 

According to the statement, Alwani, who hails from Ramadi and who was previously detained in U.S. army-run detention center Camp Bucca, was close to ISIS's self-proclaimed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Among those killed is Abdulrahman al-Yemeni, aka Abu Maysara, who at the age of 23 began to work with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the late al-Qaeda leader, and then left to Syria and returned to Yemen later with Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical cleric who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

Abu Maysara later traveled to Syria in 2013 where he was assigned in Aleppo.  He then went back to Iraq with Abu Ali al-Anbari - a former member of Saddam's Baath Party and now top ISIS official - to help the militants bolster their leadership in Ramadi.

 

"Among those killed is also Abu Saad al-Anbari, a top ranked commander in the so-called Islamic police in the Euphrates province. He's a resident of al-Qa'im district and was previously sentenced to death. He was previously detained by U.S. troops, and he's also a fugitive who escaped the Badush prison," the statement said.

The airstrikes also killed Omar Abu al-Atheer al-Shami, a Syrian national who was supervising the media in the Syrian governorate of Deir az-Zour. Shami was detained by the regime in Syria but was released in 2013 following a presidential pardon.

"Abu Anas al-Samarrai, governor of the Euphrates province and who supervised targeting the American consulate in Istanbul, was injured in the attacks and was transferred to Syrian territories for treatment," the statement added.

The ministry said that the air strikes carried out in Akashat killed Abu Arkan al-Aameri, who was handling the security and intelligence issues  in the Syrian governorate of Deir az-Zour. Aameri is an Iraqi national, and he was detained by the coalition forces during the invasion of Iraq. He was transferred to Ramadi to empower ISIS in Ramadi following Baghdadi's orders.

The strikes in Akashat also killed Abu Mansour al-Shami, an Iraqi national, and Abu Omar, a Russian national who was an expert in making missiles.

Abu Khaled al-Shami, a resident of Syria's Homs and who was in charge of a factory that produces missiles, was also killed in addition to two other Russian militants.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47
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