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HOMS – A prominent militant leader from the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group was reported dead after an airstrike hit an ISIS tactical unit in Syria’s central province of Homs.
Amro al-Abbassi, who had been promoted by ISIS supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as an Emir in Homs province, was killed in an airstrike on Friday midnight, local sources confirmed.
It was not immediately clear whether the strike that killed al-Abbassi was conducted by the U.S.-led coalition or Russia.
“He had led several battles against the regime troops and moderate rebels in Homs over more than a year,” rights activist Sarwat al-Shami told ARA News in Homs. “His death could have serious consequences for ISIS forces in the province.”
Al-Abbassi was accused of abducting several western journalists and aid workers in Syria, including the American journalist James Foley and British aid worker Alan Henning –both beheaded by ISIS in 2014.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News