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Top ISIS weapons leaders killed by US-led airstrikes

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle flies over northern Iraq early in the morning of Sept. 23, 2014, after conducting airstrikes in Syria. (Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/U.S. Air Force)
September 07, 2017

Two top ISIS weapons leaders have been taken out by U.S. Coalition-led airstrikes in Syria.

The Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) announced Thursday that two senior ISIS leaders were killed near Mayadin, Syria, on Sept. 4, the Public Affairs Office (PAO) said.

The ISIS leaders who were taken out are:

  • Abu Anas al-Shami, an ISIS weapons research leader, who was killed by a Coalition airstrike near Mayadin, Syria. Al-Shami led ISIS’s attempts to procure explosives and devised plans to use bombs for external terror attacks. Al-Shami also oversaw the building of improvised explosives to rig corpses, vehicles and buildings against local forces and civilians to inflict terror, death and destruction.
  • Junaid ur Rehman, a senior ISIS drone pilot trainer and engineer, who was killed by a Coalition airstrike in the village of al-Ashara, Syria, south of Mayadin. Rehman was an experienced engineer who was working to increase ISIS’s ability to weaponize drones and to conduct aerial surveillance on the battlefield and plot attacks throughout the world.

“The removal of these key ISIS leaders disrupts ISIS’s weapons engineering activities,” the CJTF-OIR said.

“The Coalition will continue to exert pressure on ISIS senior leaders and associates across multiple networks in order to degrade, disrupt, and dismantle ISIS structures and remove the extremist terrorists throughout Iraq and Syria,” the PAO added.