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2 top ISIS leaders killed in Syria

A U.S. service member oversees members of the Syrian Democratic Forces as they demolish a YPG fortification in northeast Syria, Sept. 21, 2019. U.S. coalition remains focused on achieving the enduring defeat of ISIS. The U.S. is currently executing concrete steps to ensure the border area in northeast Syria remains stable and secure. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Goedl)
May 22, 2020

A joint Coalition and Syrian Democratic Forces raid killed two top ISIS leaders, CENTCOM confirmed on Friday.

The Coalition-SDF raid took place on May 17 in Deir Ezzor province, Syria, killing regional ISIS leaders Ahmad ‘Isa Ismail al-Zawi and Ahmad ‘Abd Muhammad Hasan al-Jughayfi.

“The removal of these ISIS leaders will disrupt future attacks against innocent civilians and our security partners and in the region. Due to the relentless pressure maintained by the SDF, ISIS’s remaining leadership in the area continues to dwindle,” CENTCOM said.

Al-Zawi – allow known as Abu Ali al-Baghdadi – was the ISIS leader for North Baghdad, and facilitated directives from senor ISIS leaders to terrorists in North Baghdad.

Al-Jughayfi – also known as Abu Ammar – was a senior ISIS leader in charge of “directing the acquisition and transport of weapons, IED materials, and personnel across Iraq and Syria.”

On the same day the raid was carried out, the SDF tweeted that a special operation was conducted against multiple ISIS cells in the area.

“A number of cell members were arrested, while two Iraqi nationals blew themselves up,” the SDF said.

Coalition and SDF forces arrested multiple leaders and officials within the ISIS cells, and seized weapons and other military equipment.