Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Syria coalition targets IS leader linked to decapitation of American

Syria coalition targets IS leader linked to decapitation of American

Sean Ryan, spokesperson for the US-led coalition, said on Sunday that coalition forces carried out "precision strikes" against Abu al Umarayn, a senior member of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant group (ISIL, also known as ISIS), as well as several other members of the group in Syria's Badiyah Desert.

Kassig, a 26-year-old aid worker and USA citizen, was captured in Syria in October 2013 as he was providing aid to Syrians who were fleeing the country's civil war.

Coalition spokesperson Col. Sean Ryan said in a statement that Umarayn, along with "several other ISIS members", were killed in precision drone strikes in Syria's Badiyah Desert.

The US-led coalition fighting ISIL says it carried out air raids in Syria targeting a senior leader involved in the execution of American aid worker Peter Kassig and other prisoners.

The US-led coalition in Syria said on Monday it killed a senior Daesh member involved in the killings of an American aid worker and other Western hostages.

His parents, Ed and Paula Kassig, had issued numerous appeals for his release after his life was threatened in an October 2014 IS video that showed the beheading of a fellow aid worker, Britain's Alan Henning.

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US -led war planes killed an Islamic State leader on Sunday in Syria responsible for executing hostages including an American, Washington's envoy to the coalition fighting the jihadist group said.

Quoting a military source, it said the bombardment had caused only material damage. The SANA report said positions targeted on Sunday night are in the Ghorab Mountains, south of the eastern town of Sukhna.

"The group was lost in the middle of the desert around 35 kilometres from the Al-Tanf base", the Observatory's director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Kassig founded a humanitarian organisation in 2012 that trained some 150 civilians to provide medical aid to people in Syria. He converted to Islam during captivity and changed his first name to Abdul-Rahman.

The leader of the cell which was responsible for the killings and became known as "The Beatles" was believed to be Mohammed Emwazi, a British militant nicknamed "Jihadi John" who was killed in a drone strike in 2015.

Islamic State has lost almost all the territory it once controlled, spanning Syria and Iraq.

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