The international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) announced that it has killed “three senior and highly skilled ISIS officials” near Mayadeen in eastern Syria between 12 and 14 September.
An “ISIS drone developer”, Abu Salman, was killed in an airstrike that also demolished his “research workshop” in Asharah, near Mayadeen, on 14 September. “Abu Salman was killed while traveling with a terrorist associate in a vehicle from Mayadin to Asharah,” according to Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. “His death and the destruction of his drone facility greatly disrupts ISIS’ development of weaponized drones and testing of new software.”
The coalition struck down Abu Muadh al-Tunisi on 12 September and Sajid Farooq Babar on 13 September; both were killed near Mayadeen and both “were responsible for manufacturing and modifying commercially produced drones”.
The coalition has previously named nineteen IS officials killed in and around Mayadeen in 2017. IS moved its administrative infrastructure from its Syrian “capital” Raqqa to Mayadeen in February. Another thirteen IS jihadists were important enough to have been eliminated in targeted strikes in the nearby border zone that IS calls “Wilayat al-Furat”, which comprises the final remnants of the caliphate.
Originally published at The Henry Jackson Society