US airstrike kills ISIS propaganda chief in Raqqa


Militants of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News

Raqqa – The US-led coalition has killed Mahmoud al-Isawi, the Islamic State’s (ISIS) propaganda chief in Raqqa city. Coalition officials confirmed that the jihadi facilitator was eliminated in an airstrike on December 31.

“Al-Isawi’s death, combined with the recent successive deaths of other [ISIS] leaders plotting terrorist attacks, has degraded ISIS’ trans-regional attack and facilitation network,” the coalition said in an official statement.

Al-Isawi was a longtime ISIS member, operating out of Raqqa -capital of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed Caliphate. He used to manage instructions and finances for ISIS officials and also handled the group’s intelligence and propaganda networks.

The US-led coalition said the death of al-Isawi would force “ISIS to increase their focus on internal security.” ISIS-led Islamic Police, also known as Diwan al-Hisba, have waged a months-long campaign to root out spies and dissidents.

“[We] will continue to track and eliminate ISIS terrorists who plot and conduct attacks against coalition nations and our allies, wherever they are hiding,” the coalition’s statement concluded.

The US-led coalition has been striking ISIS positions in Syria and Iraq since the summer of 2014. The coalition also backs local ground troops in both countries to liberate territories held by the extremist group.

Reporting by: Sedredin Kino | Source: ARA News 

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