Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Syria coalition targets IS leader linked to decapitation of American

Syria coalition targets IS leader linked to decapitation of American

"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 USA army ranger, Peter Kassig".

Colonel Sean Ryan, a USA military spokesman, identified the Islamic State commander as Abu al-Umarayn and said he was killed in "precision strikes" in a desert area known as Badiya.

USA -led war planes killed an Islamic State leader on Sunday in Syria responsible for executing hostages including an American, Washington's envoy to the coalition fighting the jihadist group said.

It has virtually no fixed positions left in Iraq and is now defending a few pockets in desert areas of Syria, including the region where Sunday's strikes were carried out.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said US-led forces fired "more than 14 missiles" at a regime forces convoy as it was passing through the desert.

"This is Peter Edward Kassig, a US citizen ... who fought against the Muslims in Iraq", said the black-clad terrorist in a doctored video speaking with a British accent that disguised his identity. It gave no further details.

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He enlisted in the Army in 2004, and became a Ranger, ultimately serving in the 75th Ranger Regiment, an Army special operations unit, according to his military record. The targets were only IS elements, al-Salloum added.

In Nov. 16, 2014, ISIS released a video of a masked terrorist standing over a severed head that it claimed belonged to Kassig.

The US-led coalition against the Islamic State group say they have killed a senior jihadist involved in the executions of an American aid worker and other Western hostages.

26-year-old Kassig was kidnapped in October 2013, when he worked as an emergency medical technician in eastern Syria helping victims of the war.

He was with several other Islamic State members when the strikes were carried out, Ryan said. In 2016, warplanes of the USA -led coalition bombed Syrian army positions in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour and killed dozens of soldiers. He converted to Islam during captivity and changed his first name to Abdul-Rahman. The White House confirmed Kassig's death two days later. A graphic video produced by ISIS terrorists in Syria released on November 16, 2014 claimed US aid worker Kassig was beheaded.

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