Two ISIS propaganda filmmakers were among "dozens" of Islamic State terrorists killed in an Iraqi government airstrike over the weekend, according to the Iraqi Interior Ministry.
A statement by the ministry, published by Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya, said the airstrikes in Iraq's western Anbar province killed Abu Mohammed al-Soory, a.k.a Abu Samra – described as an "expert filmmaker" – as well as another "ISIS documentary filmmaker" Abu Osama al-Amriky.
Based on his name the latter appears to be a US-national, and in which case was likely involved in ISIS's slick English-language PR campaign that has drawn thousands of young western-born Muslims into its ranks.
The US is yet to comment on the reports.
The statement from the interior ministry claimed that a number of ISIS military commanders of varying nationalities were also killed in the strike, when warplanes struck a compound in the city of Qaim near Fallujah, "following the (ISIS) leaderships' meetings in a complex reconnaissance operation," according to an Al Arabiya translation.
That airstrike was the second one in a reprisal operation by Baghdad named "Operation Mustafa Al Sebhawy," after an Iraqi soldier who was captured by ISIS after being injured in battle, and hanged on a bridge in Fallujah.
"The strike was carried out by Iraqi air force fighter jets which hammered the marked targets as a T2 target, designated for ISIS foreign fighters, leading to the elimination of 28 terrorists and many more injured," the interior ministry said.
It added: "Among those killed were Abu Mohammed the Syrian, nicknamed Abu Samra, who is an ISIS filmmaking expert, Abu Osama the American who is a documentary specialist for the militant group in addition to Abu Hareth Al Shami, Abu Aicha Al Ansari who is an explosives expert, Abu Saif Al Jazrawy, a Morrocan national, Abu Hussein Al Sulaimani who was in charge of the militant group’s charity foundation, Abdullatif Jumaa Al Mohammedy who was in charge of suicide bomber operations in Fallujah."