Iran says it killed Kurdish ISIS leader that Iraq had claimed to have killed
Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi . AP file photo
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iran said that its forces had killed Abu Aisha Kurdi, a Kurdish ISIS leader in charge of security for the group, as he tried to cross into Iran from the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi told the official Pars Today news agency that Kurdi was in the process of trying to cross the border in order to travel to Tehran.
In April, the Iraqi military had reported that it had killed Kurdi, whose real name was Fazil Badr, near the village of Kharabardan, close to the town of Makhmour, 68 km south of Erbil
“An ISIS leader named Abu Aisha Kurdi, together with many other militants, were killed by the Ettela’at (intelligence) forces as they were trying to cross the Iranian border and reach the capital, Tehran,” Alavi said in a speech at a religious ceremony in the Iranian city of Karaj.
Kurdi was in charge of security affairs for ISIS.
Rudaw reported clashes on April 17 between the Ettela’at forces and a number of gunmen who were said to be ISIS militants, near Jwanro in Iran.
At the time, locals had told Rudaw that Kurdi, who had gone to Jwanro from the Iraqi town of Fallujah, was killed in the confrontation.