According to the US military, it has carried out one of the biggest strikes against the Islamic State in a long time. The leader of the terrorist militia in Syria was riding a motorcycle when he was hit by a US drone. Another IS official is injured. According to the US military, there were no civilian casualties.
The US military says it has killed a senior leader of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist militia during an operation in north-west Syria. Mahir al-Agal was one of the highest-ranking IS leaders and was the leader of IS in Syria, the responsible regional command of the US military (Centcom) said. Another high-ranking IS official was seriously injured in the US attack. According to Centcom, there were no civilian casualties according to initial findings.
ISIS continues to pose a threat to the US and its partners in the region, a Centcom spokesman said. The strike on Tuesday will therefore "impair the terrorist organization's ability to plan and carry out further global attacks".
In October 2019, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed during a US special forces operation in Syria. According to US information, he detonated an explosive vest to avoid arrest. His successor, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Kurashi, also died in a US operation in northern Syria last February. According to US information, he blew himself up and his family in the air. Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Kurashi was appointed as the new leader.