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Senior ISIS official killed by coalition air strike in Iraq

A senior ISIS official has been killed by a US-led coalition air strike in Iraq. Credit: Reuters/Stringer

A senior so-called Islamic State (ISIS) official has been killed by a US-led coalition air strike in Iraq, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

Abu Wahib, ISIS's chief military official in Anbar province and a former member of al-Qaeda in Iraq, was killed on May 6, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told the media.

The strike, which was on a vehicle carrying Abu Wahib, also known as Shakir Wahib, also killed three other ISIS members near the town of Rutba, Mr Cook said.

He added that Wahib's death "is another blow to ISIL's leadership that will further degrade it's ability to operate, especially in Anbar province."


Protesters leave Baghdad's Green Zone

The Green Zone protesters issued an escalating set of demands, including a parliamentary vote on a technocrat government. Credit: REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Protesters who have spent the last 24 hours camped out in Baghdad's Green Zone have begun to leave the heavily fortified area.

The protester's pledged to return next week to keep pressure on government. Credit: REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

It comes after hundreds of people stormed Iraq's government district on Saturday after lawmakers failed to meet for a vote on overhauling the regime.

The crowds, who issued demands for political reform before they left the Green Zone, pledged to return by the end of the week to keep up the pressure.


Deadly car bomb attack in Baghdad kills 'at least 13'

At least 13 people have died in a Baghdad car bomb attack targeting civilians in the Iraqi capital's south east, Reuters reports, citing police sources.

More than 40 people are believed to have been injured in the blast at a market in the Nahrawan district.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Islamic State regularly attacks civilians in and around the Iraqi capital.

The death toll could rise given the high number of injuries, the sources said.

Two Brits and Irish man released from Kurdish jail

Two British men and one Irish man have been freed from jail in Iraq after being detained as they travelled home from fighting against the so-called Islamic State, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said.

Former soldier Joe Akerman, Jac Holmes, and former Royal Irish Regiment soldier Joshua Molloy were incarcerated in a Kurdish-controlled area of northern Iraq after crossing a border with Syria.

It is understood the men, who are believed to have been fighting alongside the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), were freed last night.

Mr Molloy's father Declan said the family was "jumping for joy".

"You know that Christmas morning feeling, it's a bit like that, when you find your most sought-after present under the tree, the dream present. That's how we feel," he said.

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