Coalition strike kills senior ISIS leader in Syria: US

In this undated file image posted by the Raqqa Media Center in Islamic State group-held territory, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from the Islamic State group ride tanks during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. (AP)

The US-based coalition has killed a senior ISIS group facilitator in an air strike in the extremists' self-proclaimed capital of Raqa, the US military command in the region said Friday.

CENTCOM identified the target as Mahmud al-Isawi, an ISIS operative who managed instructions and finances for ISIS leaders and provided propaganda and intelligence support.

He was killed on December 31, making him the 16th significant member of the network's external operations killed last year.

The longtime ISIS member provided to the group's media and intelligence in Fallujah prior to his move to Raqa.

He also facilitated transregional travel with other ISIS operators and had what CENTCOM dubbed a "close working and personal relationship" with Abd al-Basit al-Iraqi, emir of the group's Middle East attack network who was slain in a coalition air strike on November 2.

"His death, combined with the recent successive deaths of other ISIL leaders plotting terrorist attacks, has degraded ISIL's trans-regional attack and facilitation network, and is forcing ISIL to increase their focus on internal security," CENTCOM said.

"The coalition will continue to track and eliminate ISIL terrorists who plot and conduct attacks against coalition nations and our allies, wherever they are hiding."

Syria has been wracked by a devastating civil war for nearly six years that has killed more than 312,000 people and forced millions to flee their homes.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49