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U.S. Army soldiers move through Qayara West Coalition base in Qayara, some 50 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Kurdish peshmerga forces continued their push on the town of Bashiqa, some 13 kilometers (8 miles) northeast of Mosul. The town is believed to be largely deserted except for dozens of IS fighters. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

A senior ISIS commander was reportedly killed in the battle for Mosul


A senior commander has been killed in the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Here's what we know

Iraqi intelligence sources say top ISIS commander Mahmoud Shukri al Nuaimi was hit in a coalition airstrike on Tuesday, November 8, according to CNN.

The terrorist group later confirmed the death of the senior commander, who is also known as "Sheikh Faris."

Iraqi sources also said he was a high-ranking intelligence officer in Saddam Hussein's regime.

The battle to retake Mosul

The offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS began October 17.

According to the Iraqi police, more than 1,200 militants have been killed so far in the fight for Mosul.

U.S. military officials estimate some 3,000 to 5,000 ISIS fighters are in Mosul. 

Earlier this year, Circa learned the FBI did not inform Americans they were on an ISIS hit list.

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