Islamic State's propaganda chief al-Ansari killed in coalition airstrike northern Iraq


"Nearly all of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi's deputies are now dead, including the mastermind behind the attacks in Brussels, Paris and elsewhere", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the ministers from the 68-nation USA -led coalition on March 22, according to Gulf News.

Ayad al-Jumaili, along with other commanders, killed in air strike in al-Qaim region, Iraqi state TV reports.

The Iraqi state TV report is the first by an official media to announce the death of Jumaili, who was an intelligence officer under Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi president toppled in the 2003 US-led invasion.

US -led coalition airstrikes have accounted for at least 229 civilian deaths in the fight against ISIS since the operation began in 2014, the Pentagon said Saturday. But what still worries the USA forces is whether Baghdadi will repeat what the late al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden had done - hide out for years even after his group's last known strongholds had fallen.

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Camps are full, coffers are empty, and refugees continue to stream out of the embattled city.Speaking at Hassan Sham migrant camp outside Mosul on Friday, March 31, he urged other nations to do more.

A separate battle is being prepared in Syria to drive Islamic State from its stronghold there - the city of Raqqa.

Civilian fatalities were after a US airstrike in the the city's al-Jadidah neighborhood on March 17.

"The Pentagon's absurd statements justifying mass civilian casualties of United States bombing in Iraq tell more words about the real level of planning operations and alleged superiority of the U.S. 'smart bombs, '" he said.

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"We go out of our way to always do everything humanly possible to reduce the loss of life or injury among innocent people", Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters after the March 17 incident. Airwars, a nongovernment organization that monitors reports of civilian casualties in global airstrikes, has asserted that at least 2,831 civilians are likely to have been killed as of March 28 by the coalition's air attacks since August 2014.

Townsend described the fighting as "the most significant urban combat to take place since World War II".

The strikes hit three ISIS targets in Baaj, a remote northwestern town near the Syrian border.

. The report said the coalition completed the assessment on 17 reports, while a total of 43 inquiries are still open and are being probed.

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