Several Top ISIS Leaders Have Been Killed in Iraq, U.S. Says

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WASHINGTON—U.S. airstrikes have killed several very senior military leaders of Islamic State forces in Iraq, the Pentagon’s top uniformed officer disclosed Thursday.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that three key Islamic State military leaders in Iraq were killed there in recent weeks during operations that are part of an expanding coalition effort ahead of a planned offensive next year.

The strikes in which the Islamic State leaders were killed were designed to hamper the group’s ability to conduct its own attacks, supply its fighters and finance its operations, Gen. Dempsey said.

“It is disruptive to their planning and command and control,” Gen. Dempsey said. “These are high-value targets, senior leadership”…

…Other defense officials said that in addition to the most recent strikes, the U.S. has killed a number of senior and midlevel Islamic State commanders, and believe those operations are beginning to significantly weaken the group’s leadership structure in Iraq.

Ahmed Ali, an analyst at the Institute of the Study of War, a Washington-based think tank that closely monitors the developments, said the recent strikes were significant.

“These are big hits and eliminating these figures always temporarily disrupts the organization,” Mr. Ali said…

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  • Hard Little Machine

    If Obama told me the sky was blue I’d check with a scientist first.

    • Justin

      Nuke the whole fucking city where they are hiding!

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    The Obamster and his gang will let a few more chimps out of Gitmo to refresh the leadership ranks…

  • winniec

    In this war of attrition, each hit hastens their inevitable defeat. They felt that Allah trumped the world. The world is about to prove them wrong. And there is no ‘Allah’. Islam is false.

  • chayisun

    Sure. Just like the death of the leader of these knuckle draggers that occurred recently…..What?? He didn’t get killed? Are you sure? I mean we were told he was dead. Just wounded, huh. OK, so these recently killed isis leaders are dead.
    That’s GREAT!!! I assume somebody has seen the bodies…..Blown up you say? Geez, hard to prove they are actually dead, huh….

  • WalterBannon

    Top leaders? Humbug. That’s like claiming you got the top rat or the top cockroach.

    Its all or nothing, so bring on the nukes.