U.S. military kill ISIS leader in drone strike

u.s. military kill isis leader in drone strike
u.s. military kill isis leader in drone strike

The leader of Islamic State in Syria, one of the leading 5 leaders of the militant group, has been eliminated in a U.S. air strike, the U.S. armed force said on Tuesday.

In a declaration, U.S. Central Command stated Maher al-Agal had been eliminated in a drone strike in northwesten Syria and a close partner of his was seriously injured.

“Extensive preparation entered into this operation to ensure its effective execution. An initial evaluation suggests there were no civilian casualties,” the statement added.

It said al-Agal was responsible for establishing ISIS networks outside of Iraq and Syria.

Reuters had previously reported on the killing, mentioning U.S. officials.

It would be another blow to the Islamist insurgent group’s efforts to reorganize as a guerrilla force after losing large swathes of territory.

The United States has roughly 900 soldiers in Syria, primarily in the east of the nation splintered by a years of civil war, although President Joe Biden’s administration has yet to information its long-term prepare for the eight-year-old objective.

The Syrian Civil Defence, a humanitarian company operating in opposition-held areas, said an unidentified drone targeted a motorcycle in the town of Khaltan in the northern countryside of the Aleppo area, killing two people.

The U.S. armed force did not discuss a bike in its declaration but stated a senior ISIS official carefully connected with Maher was seriously hurt throughout the strike.

In February, the leading leader of Islamic State blew himself up throughout a U.S. military raid in Syria.

At the peak of its power from 2014-2017, Islamic State ruled over millions of people and claimed duty for or inspired attacks in lots of cities around the globe.

Its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, stated a caliphate over a quarter of Iraq and Syria in 2014, prior to he was killed in a raid by U.S. unique forces in northwestern Syria in 2019 as the group collapsed.

The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State stated in mid-2019, after the group’s battleground defeat, that it retained 14,000 to 18,000 members, including 3,000 foreigners, though exact numbers are as elusive as ISIS itself.

“ISIS continues to represent a threat to the U.S. and partners in the area,” a U.S. Central Command spokesman stated in the statement about the drone strike.

Experts say lots of local fighters might have slipped back into typical life, prepared to re-appear when an opportunity emerges.

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