US kills top IS leader in Syria
Washington/Cairo, Jul 12 (EFE).- A top leader of the Islamic State (IS) terror group has been killed in a US military drone strike in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, the US Central Command said in a statement Tuesday.
The commander, identified as Maher al-Agal, was attacked together with one of his senior aides, who sustained serious injuries, in the Turkish-occupied town of Jindires.
“In addition to being a senior leader within the group, al-Agal was responsible for aggressively pursuing the development of ISIS (another acronym for IS) networks outside of Iraq and Syria,” the statement said.
Al-Agal moved to the Turkish-occupied region in 2020 and had a false identity under a different name to pass himself off as a member of the Ankara-backed Jaysh Usud al-Sharkiya (the Lions of the East Army) faction, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
The attack comes months after another US operation killed former IS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi in northwestern Syria. EFE