ISIS minister of war killed in Syrian raid

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Militants of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News

An airstrike by the Syrian Air Force killed the Islamic State’s (ISIS) minister of war, officials reported on Wednesday.

Abu Musab al-Masri, top ISIS jihadist and the group’s minister of war, was reported dead after a Syrian raid in the northeastern Raqqa province.

“The death of al-Masri represents a major blow to Daesh terror group,” an army official said, using another acronym for ISIS.

Supported by Russia, the Syrian army has recently made a rapid advance in eastern Aleppo, recapturing areas near the western administrative border of Raqqa province.

Abu Omar al-Shishani, the previous ISIS minister of war, was killed in an airstrike by the US-led coalition last year. ISIS confirmed al-Shishani’s death in July 2016, but said he had died fighting in the Iraqi city of Shirqat south of Mosul.

This comes amid intensifying fighting between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and ISIS militants in the vicinity of Raqqa city–the de facto capital of the ISIS self-proclaimed Caliphate.

The US-backed SDF units have been able to isolate Raqqa city after capturing most of its countryside in the past few months.

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi | Source: ARA News

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