Raqqa – A US-led coalition airstrike has killed a senior jihadi leader in Raqqa, northeast Syria, military sources reported on Tuesday.
Abu Jandal al-Kuwaiti, the commander of the Islamic State’s (ISIS) military operations in Raqqa, was killed along with a number of his escorts when a US airstrike hit their convoy on Tuesday morning.
“The ISIS convoy was hit near the Jaabar town in western Raqqa,” a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told ARA News.
Al-Kuwaiti, also known as Abdulmuhsin al-Zaghelan al-Tarish, has been leading ISIS militants in Raqqa in their fight against the Syrian Democratic Forces.
“He was responsible for protecting the capital of the ISIS alleged Caliphate,” Syrian journalist Mustafa Abde told ARA News, in reference to Raqqa. “His death was one of the most painful blows to the group especially amidst the US-backed SDF progress towards Raqqa city.”
This comes just hours after the Syrian Democratic Forces expelled the ISIS radical group from the key town of Jaabar, which was used by ISIS as a supply route between the city of Raqqa and its northwestern countryside.
Reporting by: Sadredin Kino | Source: ARA News