Western coalition's warplanes hit ISIS positions south of Hasakah. File photo
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HASAKAH – Top jihadi commander and a number of militants from the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group were reported dead in airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition south of Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, local sources confirmed on Friday.
Abu Diala al-Homsi, general commander of ISIS military operations in Hasakah, was killed along with a a number of other militants under western airstrikes.
Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, media activist Ahmed Ramadan said that warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition targeted two ISIS vehicles in the southern countryside of Hasakah, killing al-Homsi and over 15 other militant fighters.
The targeted ISIS convoy was apparently heading towards a checkpoint for the western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to the source.
“A total of 17 militants, who had been transferred by the group from the eastern suburbs of Deir ez-Zor toward its northern countryside, were killed along with al-Homsi in the U.S.-led airstrikes,” Ramadan reported, pointing out the majority of those killed hail from the eastern Deir ez-Zor province.
Since early March, ISIS has been mobilizing dozens of its jihadis –mostly form the group’s security police– in the northern countryside of Deir ez-Zor in a bid to stop the advance of the SDF and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on the town of Margada and its environs, according to local sources.
On Thursday, several airstrikes conducted by the U.S.-led coalition hit ISIS headquarters in the city of Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern province of Nineveh, killing ISIS governor of Mosul Alian Natiq Mabroush along with several leaders from the jihadi group.
Over the past few months, the U.S.-led coalition forces has intensified its airstrikes on strategic and vital locations for the radical group, killing dozens of ISIS top leaders and wounding more others. ISIS’s power has recently decreased, especially after hundreds of its own militants started to desert its ranks.
Reporting by: Qehreman Miste
Source: ARA News