Two senior military leaders of so-called Islamic State (IS) were killed by a US-led coalition air strike near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, BBC reports.

 

They were the group's deputy minister of war, who oversaw Mosul's capture in 2014, and a senior military commander, spokesman Peter Cook said.

 

US-led air strikes have helped Iraqi forces and its allies to push IS back.

 

An offensive to retake Mosul is seen as the next battle for Iraqi forces.

 

Basim Muhammad Ahmad Sultan al-Bajari was a former al-Qaeda member who also led an IS battalion known for using homemade explosives, suicide bombers and mustard gas in its attacks, Mr Cook said in a statement.

 

Hatim Talib al-Hamduni was a military commander in Mosul and the head of military police in the region, he added.

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