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Hasakah, Syria – Several leading members of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) were reportedly killed in an attack by rebels of the Hayzoom Unit (linked to the Army of Islam) in the city of Shaddadi (60 km south of Hasakah), in northeastern Syria, military forces reported Saturday.
The military operation, described by the rebels as “strategic”, targeted a security checkpoint of the Islamic State in eastern Shaddadi, where a group of military commanders from the radical group were holding a meeting.
The targeted checkpoint is considered the most highly equipped IS-led checkpoints in northeastern Syria.
Speaking to ARA News, Khalil al-Hamidi, a local from Shaddadi, said that the attack led to the killing of Abu Mohammed al-Janoubi, “Emir of al-Qate’ ash-Sharqi” (prince of east Shaddadi), and the injury of Abu Mahmoud ar-Raqqawi, head of the security apparatus in the eastern areas (ah-Sharqiya).
“The attack also caused the injury of a number of IS militants; of which some injuries are critical,” the source added.
“Hasakah’s IS-linked alderman, Abu Osama al-Iraqi, announced a reward of one million Syrian pounds and a Kalashnikov for anyone who provides him with information about the members of these sleeper cells (in reference to the rebel fighters of the Hayzoom Unit),” the source told ARA News.
The IS group launched a campaign of arrests in the village of Hariri near the city of Shaddadi, looking for suspects and to collect information about the attackers.
The Islamic State took control of the city of Shaddadi and its villages after long clashes with the Army of Islam and al-Nusra Front (Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda) since more than one year ago. The group took Shaddadi as major center in the “State of al-Barakah” (in reference to the province of Hasakah).
Reporting by: Salman Yusuf
Source: ARA News