Islamic State security chief killed in US strike near Raqqa

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Militant fighters of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News

Raqqa – A high-ranking Islamic State (ISIS) security official was reportedly killed on Sunday in a coalition airstrike. Local sources told ARA News that the official had been driving through Raqqa’s western countryside when a drone blew up his vehicle.

Abdulfattah al-Hassan al-Othman, the head of ISIS security forces in Tabqa town, was killed alongside his guards. The strike coincided with the announcement of the battle for Raqqa by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

“The airstrike killed at least five ISIS members, including al-Othman who used to lead the ISIS security department in Tabqa,” local media activist Abdulkarim al-Yousef told ARA News.

Sunday’s air raid is the result of the US-led coalition’s policy to target and eliminate jihadi leaders. “The drone attack was carried out based on information from local sources trusted by the Syrian Democratic Forces,” an SDF spokesman told ARA News.

The US-backed SDF has established a new operations room to harmonize the sundry forces who will be fighting in Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria. The SDF announced on Saturday that they had “established a new operations room known as the Euphrates Wrath to intensify coordination between the various military factions participating in the battle for Raqqa.”

Reporting by: Jamil Mukarram | Source: ARA News

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