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An **** commander in charge of executing women has been assassinated in Iraq, it has emerged.
Saudi national Abu Abdel Rahman was killed by an unknown gunman in besieged Mosul, the terror group's northern Iraqi stronghold, according to a security source.
The fanatic, who oversaw the execution of women in the city, is understood to have been killed 'right on the spot'. According to IBTimes, the security source said: 'The unknown gunmen shot at Abu Abdel Rahman, Isis' senior commander, in al-Askari region in the centre of Mosul city, and he was killed right on the spot.'
Iraqi forces launched an offensive on jihadists defending Mosul's west bank Sunday, in what could be the most brutal fighting yet in a four-month-old operation on the country's second city.
They swiftly retook two villages and set their sights on Mosul airport, which lies just south of the city, marking a new phase in the offensive, Iraq's largest military operation in years.
The Islamic State group has put up stiff resistance to defend Mosul, the city where its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a "caliphate" in 2014.
"Our forces are beginning the liberation of the citizens from the terror of Daesh," Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a short televised speech, using an Arabic acronym for IS.
"We announce the start of a new phase in the operation. We are coming, Nineveh, to liberate the western side of Mosul," he said, referring to the province of which Mosul is the capital.
A top army commander then announced that forces led by federal police units retook Athbah and al-Lazzagah, two villages on the southern approach to Mosul that lie on the east bank of the Tigris River.
An AFP reporter near the front line said heavy bombardment could be heard as forces backed by Iraqi and coalition aircraft advanced towards the jihadists' last major bastion in the country.