September 04, 2014

Imperial Good News! Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's Right Hand Man Dead as a Rock

Rumor is that Baghdadi himself is in danger as those he has hand picked to lead ISIS keep winding up dead.

Three senior members of ISIS - including the right hand man of its leader - have been killed in a US airstrike in northern Iraq, according to senior security officials.
Damaging blow: A key aide of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed by a US airstrike over Mosul, northern Iraq according to security sources.

Two days after video showing the execution of Steven Sotloff was released, US warplanes struck a damaging blow at the heart of ISIS in Mosul, killing Abu Hajar Al-Sufi, who is an aide to its chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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And at the NATO summit in Wales this afternoon, Secretary of State John Kerry was seen to quietly pass President Obama a note during an address by British Prime Minister David Cameron, after which members of the press were cleared from the conference hall.

While it has not been confirmed if Obama learned of Al-Sufi's death through Kerry's note, the president was noticeably absent for the beginning of a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine commission in the early evening at the summit.

A senior Iraqi security official confirmed the news of the deadly air strike to NBC News and is the most significant blow against ISIS since the United States began air strikes last month.

Al Arabiya quoted the Iraqi Defense Ministry to say Baghdadi's aide, an explosives expert and the military leader of the nearby town of Tel Afar also lost their lives in the raid.

More on ISIS leadership here and the chart from the above image here.

Now is the time at Jawa when we dance.

Or if you're Shia.... Gimme a beat!

By Howie at 01:34 PM | Comments |