A famous British sniper fighting for the Islamic State was killed by anonymous attackers west of Mosul, according to news reports.
Abu Moussa al-Muhajer was reportedly killed when unknown assailants shot at him and an unidentified Australian militant while the two were conducting a highway security patrol on the outskirts of Tal Afar, one of the ISIS’ largest remaining holdout in Iraq. The Australian was wounded but not killed.
“Abu Moussa al-Muhajer gained his fame from his sharp remote sniping skills, which earned him the ‘sniper of the caliphate’ title,” according to reports which say that between 20 and 30 British nationals are currently fighting for the Islamic State in Tal Afar, some in senior positions.
ISIS has held Tal Afar since 2014, when it took over Mosul and declared it the capital of its “caliphate”. The area is a main target for the next Iraqi government operations against ISIS.
There have been occasional, mysterious killings of ISIS militants reported lately, along with rumors that there are major divisions within the group’s members in Tal Afar.
On Wednesday, Hakem al-Zamili, chairman of the Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defense Committee, stated that Iraqi forces killed 28000 out of 30.000 foreign Islamic State fighters since mid 2013. His comments came two days after it was announced that ISIS was defeated in Mosul.
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