A U.S. airstrike has killed a local leader of the terror group ISIS in Iraq, a spokesman for an American-led coalition fighting the group said, NBC News reported.
The Wednesday strike on ISIS headquarters in Fallujah killed local commander Maer al-Bilawi, according to U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren.
Warren said the attack was one of more than 20 airstrikes that killed 57 ISIS fighters over the past few days.
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Thousands of Iraqi military, police and Sunni tribal fighters are poised to launch an assault on Fallujah to retake the largely Sunni city from ISIS control. Fallujah was the first Iraqi city to fall to ISIS. Retaking it promises to be a major challenge for the country's beleaguered security forces.