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BREAKING: US drone strike kills senior ISIS leader Maher al-Agal in northwestern Syria

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A top ISIS official was killed by the United States on Tuesday — when he and his deputy were hit by a US drone strike in northwestern Syria.

Senior ISIS leader Maher al-Agal was killed in the attack, US officials said Tuesday morning, taking credit for the daytime attack in the northern village of Khaltan in the Syrian countryside.

Al-Agal – one of the top five leaders of the terrorist group – was riding a motorcycle in the village when he was attacked by the American missile, which killed him instantly.

Another senior ISIS official was also affected by the attack, officials said, but survived. The official, who was not named, was said to have been injured. The extent of his injuries is unknown.

Al-Agal’s body, which was badly burned and mutilated during the attack, was taken to a hospital in Idlib.

The attack took place in the Jenderies district of Afrin – an area northwest of Aleppo, near the country’s shared border with Turkey.

The war-torn region has been occupied by the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) since March 2018.

Senior ISIS leader Maher al-Agal was killed in the attack, US officials said Tuesday morning, taking credit for the attack in the northern village of Khaltan in the Syrian countryside. The photo shows Syrian civil defense officials inspecting the site

The attack took place in the Jenderies district of Afrin - an area northwest of Aleppo, near the country's shared border with Turkey.  The region has become a haven for hundreds of ISIS terrorists and leaders in recent years as the country continues to face a civil war

The attack took place in the Jenderies district of Afrin – an area northwest of Aleppo, near the country’s shared border with Turkey. The region has become a haven for hundreds of ISIS terrorists and leaders in recent years as the country continues to face a civil war

Despite this, in recent years the region has become a haven for hundreds of ISIS terrorists and leaders, who have taken advantage of the vast mountain ranges and fields to set up operations bases amid the ongoing civil war.

The attack serves as a reminder of the US pledge to assist the Syrian government in their fight against the militant group.

In February, Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi killed himself and his family by detonating a suicide bomb during a U.S. Special Forces raid on Āţimah, a town also near the Turkish border in Turkey. north of Syria.

In February, Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi killed himself and his family by detonating a suicide bomb during a U.S. Special Forces raid on Āţimah, a town also near the Turkish border in Turkey. north of Syria.

The strike also fits into a previous pattern of US military officials, where senior ISIS leaders are being killed by drone strikes or US military operations in areas under Turkish control – including Afrin.

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) – a combatant command of the Department of Defense – took credit for the attack on Tuesday and said “extensive planning” went into the attack, but spared the details of its details.

“This strike reaffirms CENTCOM’s steadfast commitment to the region and the enduring defeat of ISIS,” Colonel Joe Buccino, a spokesman for the agency, told reporters, adding that there were no civilian casualties in the strike.

“The removal of these ISIS leaders will disrupt the terrorist organization’s ability to carry out further attacks and carry out global attacks.”

The Colonel added: “This operation was preceded by extensive planning to ensure its successful execution.”

According to Buccino, al-Agal was responsible for developing ISIS networks outside Iraq and Syria.

The attack is the final blow to Islamist insurgents’ efforts to refocus on a more guerrilla approach to their conflict with the Syrian military — which is backed by several NATO countries, including Turkey and the US — after destroying large parts of territory after a series of defeats in 2019.

The attack is the final blow to Islamist insurgents' efforts to refocus on a more guerrilla approach to their conflict with the Syrian military — which is backed by several NATO countries, including Turkey and the US — after destroying large parts of territory after a series of defeats in 2019

The attack is the final blow to Islamist insurgents’ efforts to refocus on a more guerrilla approach to their conflict with the Syrian military — which is backed by several NATO countries, including Turkey and the US — after destroying large parts of territory after a series of defeats in 2019

An aerial photo released by the Pentagon shows the compound where ISIS emir al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi lived, also in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border.  He ran his terror network through a lieutenant who lived on the second floor

An aerial photo released by the Pentagon shows the compound where ISIS emir al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi lived, also in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border. He ran his terror network through a lieutenant who lived on the second floor

This year, the US — which has about 900 troops in Syria — stepped up its efforts against the group, which was languishing after seeing its peak in power in 2017, when it ruled millions and claimed responsibility for attacks around the world.

In February, Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi killed himself and his family by detonating a suicide bomb during a US Special Forces raid on Āţimah, a town also near the Turkish border to the north. from Syria.

According to Washington intelligence, Al-Qurashi blew himself up when US special forces raided the building he was hiding in northwestern Syria.

US military officials said last month that the one-legged jihadist leader has rigged the building’s third floor in preparation for the attack.

Officials say al-Qurashi, who was tracked down after a drone spotted him bathing on the roof of the building last year, detonated the explosives at his home in the sleepy village of Atmeh, also near the Turkish border, on Feb. 2.

The militant group, which lost its previous leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - the movement's founder - when he detonated explosives during a 2019 US raid of defeats by US-backed Syrian forces in 2019 - has since retaliated. sworn

The militant group, which lost its previous leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – the movement’s founder – when he detonated explosives during a 2019 US raid of defeats by US-backed Syrian forces in 2019 – has since retaliated. sworn

In June, US forces captured Hani Ahmed al-Kurdi, a senior ISIS leader in Syria.

The attack comes about two weeks after the US killed Abu Hamzah al Yemeni, a senior leader of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Hurras al-Din group, in another drone strike.

It also comes just a day before US President Joe Biden is set to tour the Middle East and make visits to both Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, hundreds of ISIS fighters are still hiding across the country – oddly enough, often in areas occupied by Turkish troops.

The attack comes about two weeks after the US killed Abu Hamzah al Yemeni (pictured in northwestern Syria in 2016), a senior leader of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Hurras al-Din group, in another drone strike.

The attack comes about two weeks after the US killed Abu Hamzah al Yemeni (pictured in northwestern Syria in 2016), a senior leader of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Hurras al-Din group, in another drone strike.

The attack comes three years after the global coalition against ISIS helped Syrian forces crush the ‘caliphate’ that IS declared in Iraq and Syria, and as the jihadists stepped up efforts to establish their presence in the Sahel region and West Africa. strengthen.

The Global Coalition against Daesh (an Arabic acronym for ISIS) was formed in 2014 after the militants took huge swathes of Iraq and Syria and now includes 84 states and international organizations.

Officials have long warned that IS continues to pose a global threat, despite the loss of a territorial base.

ISIS has vowed to retaliate against its elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a US raid on northern Syria in late 2019.

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