Abu Yasser al-Issawi
Birth nameJabbar Salman Saleh Ali Al-Issawi
Born1978 (1978)
Fallujah, Iraq
Died28 January 2021(2021-01-28) (aged 42–43)
Al-Chai Valley, Kirkuk, Iraq
Allegiance Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (unknown-28 January 2021)
RankDeputy Leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq (until 28 January 2021)
Battles/warsIraqi insurgency

Abu Yasser al-Issawi (Arabic: أبو ياسر العيساوي‎; born Jabbar Salman Saleh Ali Al-Issawi, Arabic: جابر سلمان صالح علي العيساوي‎,[1] 1978 – 28 January 2021)[2] was a senior ISIS commander and Iraqi terrorist with the title of deputy caliph, and leader of the ISIS group in Iraq. He was killed in a military strike by Iraqi security forces in Al-Chai Valley, southern Kirkuk.[3] The successful military strike and his death was announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi after an intelligence-led operation.[4]

However, The New York Times reported that al-Issawi, who was 43 years old and originally from Fallujah, died from an American airstrike, days after the Baghdad bombings.[5]


  1. ^ Hisham al-Hashimi (2018). "ISIS in 2018" (PDF). Making Policies Center.
  2. ^ "Islamic State 'Wali' Abu Yasser al-Issawi Killed in Iraq: Prime Minister". The Defense Post. 29 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Iraqi army kills 7 Daesh\ISIS terrorists, northern Iraq". aa.com. 27 January 2021.
  4. ^ "ISIS 'deputy caliph' who was terror group's leader in Iraq is killed in military strike - World News Curatory".
  5. ^ "U.S. Airstrike Kills Top ISIS Leader in Iraq". The New York Times. 29 January 2021.