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Two Islamic State commanders killed in US air strike on Mosul

Published 02/07/2016 | 10:46

An American air strike has killed two IS commanders in Iraq
An American air strike has killed two IS commanders in Iraq

Two senior Islamic State commanders have been killed in a US air strike in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

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The Pentagon said the strike on June 25 killed IS deputy war minister Basim Muhammad Ahmad Sultan al-Bajari and a military commander named Hatim Talib al-Hamduni.

The announcement comes less than a week after Iraqi ground forces backed by coalition air strikes retook the city of Fallujah from IS.

The fall of Fallujah means that Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, is IS's only remaining urban stronghold in Iraq.

IS has suffered a string of territorial losses in Iraq but the group continues to carry out large-scale militant attacks in the capital, Baghdad, and other territory far from the front lines.

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