ISIL's number two reportedly killed

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ISIL's number two reportedly killed

<p>According to an Iraqi intelligence spokesperson, <span class="caps">ISIL</span>’s deputy leader, Ayad al-Jumaili, was killed in an airstrike on Friday 31st March.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">BREAKING</span>: Deputy of Baghdadi 'Ayad al-Jumaili' is killed in an Iraqi airstrike. Included other airstrike from today for comparison <a href="https://t.co/wHyPQT2qsQ">pic.twitter.com/wHyPQT2qsQ</a></p>— <span class="caps">SOG</span>: <span class="caps">GEOINT</span>/CQB/H2H (@UZIEL_CQC) <a href="https://twitter.com/UZIEL_CQC/status/848185591758028800">April 1, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Al-Jumaili was reportedly killed with other Islamic State commanders in a strike carried out by the Iraqi air force in the region of al-Qaim, near the Syrian border.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ayad al-Jumaili, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ISIS?src=hash">#ISIS</a> Deputy leader in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Iraq?src=hash">#Iraq</a>, Killed with other <span class="caps">ISIS</span> commanders in an airstrike near <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Syrian?src=hash">#Syrian</a> border <a href="https://t.co/rJttL2hSYy">https://t.co/rJttL2hSYy</a> <a href="https://t.co/VQNynrL5RS">pic.twitter.com/VQNynrL5RS</a></p>— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamMilstein/status/848184890138927106">April 1, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, have been battling to retake the city of Mosul since October. It is the so called Islamic State’s last major stronghold in Iraq and the city where their leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi declared a caliphate nearly three years ago. Jumaili, who was an intelligence officer under Saddam Hussein, led <span class="caps">ISIL</span>’s top security agency in Iraq and Syria, known as Amniya. Experts say he answered directly to Baghdadi.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Iraq?src=hash">#Iraq</a> – Girl in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mosul?src=hash">#Mosul</a> pleads for help after US airstrike: “My brother is gone! Uncle, please help! My brother has been blown to pieces!” <a href="https://t.co/PlWipl5sgA">pic.twitter.com/PlWipl5sgA</a></p>— <span class="caps">DOAM</span> (@doamuslims) <a href="https://twitter.com/doamuslims/status/848279511254880256">April 1, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Civillians have been forced to endure unimaginable suffering. According to the United Nations nearly 290,000 people have fled the city to escape the fighting. One resident at th Hamam al-Alil camp, in South Mosul told reporters:</p> <p>“We escaped the airstrikes, food shortages and sieges by the Daesh. One kilogram of wheat was worth 1 million Iraqi Dinar (€800) and one kilogram of sugar cost 25 thousand Dinar (€20). <span class="caps">ISIL</span> have humiliated us.We have never seen a war like this.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mosul?src=hash">#Mosul</a> airstrike victims: 4 yr-old girl, man buried for 5 days, pregnant 19 yr-old and man who might lose his leg. <a href="https://t.co/jigIXlkYDj">https://t.co/jigIXlkYDj</a> <a href="https://t.co/jHO5uuck7l">pic.twitter.com/jHO5uuck7l</a></p>— Marcus Yam (@yamphoto) <a href="https://twitter.com/yamphoto/status/848250546511388673">April 1, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>In mid-March, Iraqi authorities said more than 130 civilians were killed in strikes in Mosul’s al-Jadida area. Other estimates put the figure at 400. The United states and Belgium are opening investigations into their airstrikes.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Media Downplays America’s Bombing of Civilians in Mosul <a href="https://t.co/lswbFXZtku">https://t.co/lswbFXZtku</a> <a href="https://t.co/i0zzfjlyCn">pic.twitter.com/i0zzfjlyCn</a></p>— PMbeers (@PMbeers) <a href="https://twitter.com/PMbeers/status/848291131272167428">April 1, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Even if Mosul is retaken from <span class="caps">ISIL</span>, U.S. and Iraqi officials expect the group to go underground and fight an insurgency like the one which followed the US-led invasion.</p>