Two regional IS leaders killed in Syria: CentCom


Marine Corps General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of US Central Command (AFP Photo/CHIP SOMODEVILLA)

Washington (AFP) – US-led coalition forces and their Kurdish allies the Syrian Democratic Forces killed two regional Islamic State group leaders in a raid in japanese Syria this week, US Central Command introduced on Friday.

Ahmad ‘Isa Ismail al-Zawi and Ahmad ‘Abd Muhammad Hasan al-Jughayfi had been killed within the May 17 joint raid on an IS place in Deir Ezzor province, CentCom stated in an announcement.

Al-Zawi, often known as Abu Ali al-Baghdadi, was the IS regional chief of North Baghdad, it stated, and was “responsible for disseminating terrorist guidance from senior IS leadership to operatives in North Baghdad.”

Al-Jughayfi, often known as Abu Ammar, was a senior IS logistics and provides official “responsible for directing the acquisition and transport of weapons, IED materials, and personnel across Iraq and Syria,” CentCom stated.

“The removal of these IS leaders will disrupt future attacks against innocent civilians and our security partners and in the region,” it stated.

“Due to the relentless pressure maintained by the SDF, IS’s remaining leadership in the area continues to dwindle,” CentCom added.

Since its territorial defeat in Syria in March 2019, IS assaults have been restricted to the huge deserts stretching from Deir Ezzor to Homs within the heart of the nation.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who led IS since 2014 and was the world’s most needed man, was killed in a US particular forces raid in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib in October 2019.