ISIS leader in Syria killed in US drone strike

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WASHINGTON, July 12 : The US Central Command Forces conducted on Tuesday a UAS strike in northwest Syria targeting two senior so-called Islamic State (IS) officials. “Maher al-Agal, one of the top five IS leaders and the leader of IS in Syria, was killed in the strike,” said a CENTCOM statement.

FILE – U.S. backed Syrian Democratic Forces soldiers search for Islamic State militants in Hassakeh, Syria, Jan. 28, 2022. The Pentagon says it killed a leader of the Islamic State in Syria in a drone strike. U.S. Central Command said in a news release that Maher al-Agal was killed Tuesday and an unidentified senior official in the Islamic State was seriously injured. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahma, File)

“A senior IS official closely associated with Maher was seriously injured during the strike.” “Extensive planning went into this operation to ensure its successful execution,” the statement said, adding, “An initial review indicates there were no civilian casualties.” Commenting on the strike, CENTCOM spokesperson Joe Buccino said, “The removal of these IS leaders will disrupt the terrorist organization’s ability to further plot and carry out global attacks.” He stressed that IS “continues to represent a threat to the US and partners in the region.” “CENTCOM maintains a sufficient and sustainable presence in the region and will continue to counter threats against regional security,” he added.(KUNA)

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