The US assassinated the leader of ISIS in Syria, Maher al-Agal, in an airstrike on Tuesday, US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced.
The strike targeted al-Agal, one of the top five leaders in ISIS and the leader of the movement in Syria, and a senior ISIS official who was close was seriously injured in the strike, according to CENTCOM.
Al-Agal was also responsible for “aggressively pursuing” the development of ISIS networks outside of Iraq and Syria.
“This strike reaffirms CENTCOM’s steadfast commitment to the region and the enduring defeat of ISIS,” said Col. Joe Buccino, a CENTCOM spokesperson.
“The removal of these ISIS leaders will disrupt the terrorist organization’s ability to further plot and carry out global attacks.”
“ISIS continues to represent a threat to the US and partners in the region,” added Buccino. “CENTCOM maintains a sufficient and sustainable presence in the region and will continue to counter threats against regional security.”
In February, ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi killed himself and his family during a raid by US Special Forces in northern Syria. Al-Quraishi had lead the group since the death of the movement’s founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was also killed when he detonated explosives during a US raid in 2019.