At least three senior and highly skilled Islamic State operatives were killed in US-led airstrikes conducted near Mayadin, Syria between Sept. 12 and 14.
The three terror operatives were drone experts tasked for weaponizing small drones, which the Islamic State has deployed throughout Iraq and Syria.
Mayadin, a city on the Euphrates River in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, is a major den for the self-proclaimed caliphate leadership of the Islamic State.
The Islamic State group commonly known as IS/ISIS/ISIL transferred key personnel to Mayadin and other locales along the Syrian-Iraqi border as it lost ground elsewhere.
The US has employed air campaign against senior Islamic State figures in and around Mayadin since earlier this year.
Separately and prior to this announcement, US military identified 14 key leaders who have been taken out in the precision bombings since April.
In some cases, their unnamed associates and perhaps some civilians perished as well. The deceased Islamic terror operatives include one of Baghdadi’s most senior lieutenants, a top ideologue, weapons engineers, propagandists and external operations.
Now the three recently killed drone experts of Islamic State operatives are Abu Salman, Abu Muadh al-Tunisi and Sajid Farooq Babar, according to Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).