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Kurdish Officials: Coalition Airstrike Kills IS Military Adviser


Kurdish security officials say a targeted airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition has killed an Islamic State military adviser.

The Kurdistan Region Security Council said the airstrike on April 16 killed Khaled Afer, also known as Abu Sarya. He was a military adviser in Mosul and was a close associate of the group's spokesman, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani.

According to the KRG security council, Abu Sarya was also responsible for IS operations in Mosul.

Saturday's targeted strike took place in Sahel al-Aysa, near the Salam Hospital.

The strike appeared to be the second successful joint operation against IS leaders in less than a week.

On Monday, security officials in Iraqi Kurdistan said IS commander Salman And Sahib al-Jabouri, also known as Abu Saif, was killed as he traveled near Hamam Ali, south of Mosul.

Separate sources said that a number of documents had been found in the vehicle.

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    Sharon Behn

    Sharon Behn is a foreign correspondent working out of Voice of America’s headquarters in Washington D.C  Her current beat focuses on political, security and humanitarian developments in Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Follow Sharon on Twitter and on Facebook.

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