US-led Coalition Airstrikes Kills 15 Senior, 2 Islamic State External Operations Commanders in Iraq & Syria

US-led coalition forces airstrikes killed 15 senior and mid-level Islamic State leaders and commanders, including two external operations planners, in a series of airstrikes.

According to a statement from Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), the air raids were conducted in eastern Syria and Western Iraq over the past two months.

CJTF-OIR report revealed that the international coalition that was assembled to degrade and defeat the Islamic State’s network in Iraq and Syria, announced the deaths of the 15 Islamic State operatives in two separate press releases, one issued on Oct. 31, and another on Nov. 14.

The coalition air raids that killed the terror operatives took place near the towns of Mayadin (eight strikes), Abu Kamal (two), and Al Hadin (one) in eastern Syria, and Al Qaim (four) in Iraq.

The reports noted that CJTF-OIR operations previously targeted killed numerous Islamic State leaders and operatives in and around Mayadin.

The airstrikes killed two external operations officers, five military officers or commanders, two leaders, two unmanned aircraft systems (drones) operatives, a media official, a weapons developer, a military procurement official, and an administrative official.

The two external operations officers were identified as Omer Demir and Abdellah Hajjiaou. Omer was identified as “an ISIS external operations coordinator with links to ISIS networks in the Middle East and Europe while Hajjiaou was an ISIS external operations coordinator who also had links to ISIS networks in the Middle East and Europe.

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