ERBIL – A number of top ISIS officials were reported dead in a U.S. airstrike in Hasakah countryside, northeastern Syria, informed sources reported on Friday.
The airstrike has targeted a convoy for the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the vicinity of Shaddadi city –which was announced a liberated city by the western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Friday midnight.
Rima al-Jarish, head of ISIS media center in northeastern Syria, was killed in the raid, along with a number of senior jihadis from the extremist group.
“The targeted convoy was carrying leading members of Daesh who were trying to escape Shaddadi after the city was stormed by Kurdish and Arab fighters from the SDF on Friday,” media activist and member of the Shaddadi local documentation center, Alwan Hamoud, told ARA News, using an acronym for ISIS.
“Among those killed in the American airstrike were Rima al-Jarish, director of ISIS media center in the region, Adam al-Chechani, commander of ISIS operations in Hasakah province, Abu Abeer al-Iraqi, Deputy Emir of Shaddadi, and Abu Aicha al-Jazrawi, head of Sharia Court in Shaddadi,” said Hamoud, who based his information on ISIS security sources.
Rima al-Jarish, a Saudi national, had led the media machine of the jihadi propaganda on behalf of the ISIS self-declared Caliphate over the last two years in northeastern Syria. She was involved in recruiting foreign jihadis to join the ranks of ISIS.
Al-Jarish was also known as one of the founders of the so-called al-Khansaa Brigade for female jihadis.
ISIS militants have evacuated their headquarters in Shaddadi under heavy bombardment by the Kurdish-Arab alliance of the SDF. “The U.S.-led coalition’s air cover has facilitated the SDF progress on the ground,” an SDF spokesman told ARA News on Friday. “Hasakah province is now free of Daesh terrorists.”
Reporting by: Salar Qassim
Source: ARA News
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