The us-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq has announced that its airstrikes had killed an ISIS leader in Syria who has been tied to thousands of deaths including a US citizen. Army Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the coalition, said the strikes were against a senior ISIS member, Abu al Umarayn, and several other ISIS members.
According to Sean Ryan, Al Umarayn had given indications of posing an imminent threat to coalition forces, and he was involved in the killing of American citizen and former US Army Ranger Peter Kassig. Intelligence further reveals that Al Umarayn has been linked to executing several other ISIS hostages and prisoner as a Daesh member.
The US-led coalition has conducted hundreds of air and artillery strikes aimed at driving ISIS from its last remaining pocket of territory in Syria. And the killing of Umarayn comes as more US airstrikes kill a Taliban shadow governor Mullah Manan, who was the political and military leader of the Taliban in Helmand.