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.
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