US demands to kill IS leader in Syria

An IS member holds an Islamic State flag in Syria.  Photo: NDLA

US forces claim to have killed IS leader Usamah al-Muhajir in an airstrike in eastern Syria. In a statement on Sunday, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said that the attack was carried out last Friday. News – Fox News

The US says al-Muhajir was killed in an MQ-9 Reaper drone strike. CENTCOM Commander General Michael Kurilla said, “We are committed to the defeat of IS.” IS is a threat beyond the region (Syria).

CENTCOM says no civilians were killed in the attack. But the US and allies are investigating whether any civilians were injured.

The Islamic State (IS) once controlled an area of ‚Äč‚Äčabout 88 square kilometers from eastern Iraq to western Syria. Declaring a so-called ‘caliphate’, IS imposed its ‘rule’ on the nearly 8 million inhabitants of this vast region.

In 2019, IS was driven out of the last territory it had captured. But the United Nations estimates that there are still between 6,000 and 10,000 IS fighters in Syria and Iraq. They continue to attack at different times.

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