IS oil overseer killed in joint ops between Kurds and US special forces

Kurdish peshmerga fighters are actively engaged in the fight against Islamic State, the ultra-hardline Sunni militants who proclaimed a 'caliphate' over parts of Iraq and Syria. (Representative Image) Photograph:( AFP )

Reuters Baghdad, Iraq Aug 11, 2016, 06.23 PM (IST)
The Islamic State militant in charge of the group's oil operations in Iraq and Syria was killed on Thursday in a joint operation between the Iraqi Kurdish and US Special forces, the Kurdistan Region Security Council said in a statement.

Sami Jassim al-Jabouri, also known as Haji Hamad, and his aide were killed ''in the vicinity of Qaim',' an Iraqi town near the Syrian border, the statement said.

A spokesman of the US-led coalition in Baghdad did not reply to an email requesting comment.

Kurdish peshmerga fighters are actively engaged in the fight against Islamic State, the ultra-hardline Sunni militants who proclaimed a 'caliphate' over parts of Iraq and Syria.

The Kurdish self-rule region in northern Iraq also hosts a base used by troops from the US-led coalition assisting Iraqi forces in the war on the militants.

(Reuters)