US Airstrike Kills a Top ISIS leader in Syria | Knowledge Trend


US Airstrike kills a Top ISIS Leader in Syria

  • United States Airstrike on Tuesday killed Maher al-Agal, a top ISIS leader 

  • The Airstrike targeted the ISIS leader and his deputy.

  • Joe Biden Begins a trip to the Middle East.

A United States airstrike on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, killed Maher al-Agal, a leader of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) in northwest Syria. The strike was carried out by a drone (UAV) according to a press release by the US Central Command (CENTCOM).

Maher al-Agal was one of the top five ISIS leaders and also the leader of ISIS in Syria. Although the drone strike targeted both al-Agal and his deputy, only the ISIS leader has been killed while his deputy was wounded, US says.

CENTCOM added that al-Agal was responsible for “aggressively pursuing the development of ISIS networks outside of Iran and Syria. Violent extremists use Syria as a haven to coordinate with their external affiliates for their operations”.

“ISIS continues to represent a threat to the US and partners in the region. CENTCOM maintains a sufficient and sustainable presence in the region and will continue to counter security threats”, CENTCOM added.

US Airstrike kills a Top ISIS Leader in Syria through a drone

Amidst CENTCOM’s report, the Syrian local media contradicts the US with the claim that the missile killed a man riding on a motorcycle. The Syrian news added that the victim’s name is Khalid Subash. Meanwhile, Kurdish sources had confirmed that the two men had a connection with an ISIS faction known as Aharar a-Sharqiya.

This is not the first US major operation in the region. In early February 2022, the US carried out a house raid that led to the death of ISIL leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi in Northeastern Syria. US troops are still present across the Middle East on a counter-terrorism operation.

ISIS has spread its operations away from the Middle East for years. Some terror groups in Sub-Saharan Africa like the Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorizing the major parts of Northern Nigeria pledge allegiance to ISIS.

The killing of the ISIS leader in Syria came before the planned trip of the US president, Joe Biden, to the Middle East which will begin from Israel today, Wednesday, July, 13.

President Biden has arrived in Israel and will move from Israel to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The trip is to deepen Israel’s integration in the Middle East and normalize the relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

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