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ALEPPO – U.S.-led coalition forces conducted several airstrikes on strongholds of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, killing a prominent leader in the group’s ranks, local sources reported on Thursday.
Abu al-Hayja at-Tounisi, ISIS alleged governor of Azaz district, was reportedly killed in an airstrike conducted by a US drone in the northern suburbs of Aleppo.
At-Tounisi was also in charge of the group’s military operations in the northern and eastern countryside of Aleppo.
“The US-led drone on Thursday targeted the car of the top ISIS official while on his way from Aleppo to the group’s de facto capital Raqqa,” media activist Mohamed Halabi told ARA News, citing local sources close to ISIS.
The source confirmed the death of a number of at-Tounisi’s escorts during the attack.
Abu al-Hayja at-Tounisi entered the Syrian territory in late 2013, and joined the hardline group to be a prince [Emir] of ad-Duwerina region in Aleppo suburbs, then he was appointed by the group’s leadership as a ruler of Azaz area as well as the military commander responsible for the whole province of Aleppo, an informed source told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The coalition’s airstrikes have recently killed dozens of ISIS prominent leaders across Syria and Iraq, besides hitting tactical units, Sharia courts and oil fields held by the terror group.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News