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Kurds: IS Commander Killed in Attack By US, Pershmerga Forces

A burned Humvee and artillery are seen at the peshmerga base in Makhmour, after it was freed from control of Islamic State militants, south of Mosul, April 17, 2016.

U.S. Special Forces together with Kurdish peshmerga on Monday launched a helicopter attack against an Islamic State commander, killing him and two of his bodyguards, Kurdish national security sources said.

Salman Abd Shaib al-Jabouri, also known as Abu Saif, was killed as he traveled near Hamam Ali, south of Mosul, the security sources said.

Separate sources said coalition forces also struck a vehicle carrying IS fighters traveling on a northwestern highway out of Mosul.

There was no immediate comment from the Pentagon on the attack.

Ali Javanmardi contributed to the report.

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