U.S. military says it killed senior Islamic State leader in Syria

An American military convoy stops near the town of Tel Tamr, north Syria, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (AP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — U.S. military said, it killed a senior Islamic State leader in Syria on Tuesday in an airstrike, who was one of the top five leaders of the militant group.

In a statement, U.S Central Command said Maher al-Agal had been killed in the drone strike in northwest Syria and a close associate of his was seriously injured.

“Extensive planning went into this operation to ensure its successful execution. An initial review indicates there were no civilian casualties,” the statement said.

It said al-Agal was responsible for developing ISIS networks outside of Iraq and Syria.

In February, the top leader of the Islamic State blew himself up during a U.S. military raid in Syria, according to Reuters.

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