Prominent ISIS militant killed in Kobane strikes

Abu Yaman al-Shami (C). File photo

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – Pro-IS activists reported Monday the death of Abu Yaman al-Shami, a prominent military commander in the ranks of the Islamic State radical group (IS/ISIS).

Al-Shami is known for his leadership skills, and has led the IS militants in various battles against Kurdish forces in the Syrian border city of Kobane. 

Pro-IS media activists reported the death of al-Shami when a U.S.-led airstrike hit a military unit of the radical group in the countryside of Kobane on Monday.

“Abu Yaman al-Shami was also a highly skilled sniper before becoming a leading member of the IS group,” a Syrian media activist told ARA News, on the condition of anonymity. “He posted many statements on Twitter detailing the daily activities of the group in Kobane.” 

Mustafa Abdi, the media director of ARTA FM radio in the city of Kobane, stated to ARA News that one of the hacked accounts of social media revealed the identity of Abu Yaman al-Shami, and led to his place in “Street 48″ sub district south of the city, from where he published photos and videos. 

“Personally, I consider al-Shami more important than al-Baghdadi or al-Adnani (IS leader and his spokesperson) due to his particular impact on supporters of the radical group. He raised their morale, and served as a symbol of the battle of “Ain al-Islam” (in reference to Ain al-Arab/ Kobane) as they call it,” said Abdi. 

Al-Shami appeared in a video tape published last October while meeting an old Kurdish woman who was left alone in a village in the countryside of Kobane, saying he alongside other fellow militants are trying to help the woman “who was left alone by her sons to our surprise”. 


Reporting by: Mohammed Ali Ahmed

Source: ARA News

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