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.
— Coordination & Military Ops Center – SDF (@cmoc_sdf) May 22, 2020
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.
Our special units accompanied with the #international_coalition forces, carried out a security operation against several #ISIS cells in the area of #Al-Busira, east of #Deir_EZZour, where a number of cell members were arrested, while two Iraqi nationals blew themselves up.
— Coordination & Military Ops Center – SDF (@cmoc_sdf) May 17, 2020
Coalition and SDF forces arrested multiple leaders and officials within the ISIS cells, and seized weapons and other military equipment.
In the continuation of combating the terrorism, a new operation by our special units and the #international_coalition against several #ISIS cells, east of #Deir_Ezzor, resulted, arrest of several cell’s elements and leaders, and seize military equipment and weapons pic.twitter.com/ffeGF7NN57
— Coordination & Military Ops Center – SDF (@cmoc_sdf) May 18, 2020