USAF F-15E Strike Eagles, 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, bombing run over Afghanistan, 26 Nov 2009, by Michael B Keller (USAF)[880x440]

Three Senior ISIS Leaders Killed in Airstrikes

Operation Inherent Resolve Scores Major Victory Against Islamic State

Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR)

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR)

Coalition airstrikes have removed senior Islamic State of Iraq and Syria military officials and planners from the battlefield.

The elimination of three senior foreign fighters represents a significant degradation of the ISIS planning and operational capability, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said, May 26. The announcement did not identify the nations making the airstrikes.

ISIS Recruiter: Mustafa Gunes

Mustafa Gunes, a Syria-based ISIS external operations facilitator from Turkey, was killed by an April 27 coalition airstrike near Mayadin, Syria. He was identified as an ISIS recruiter in the central Turkish city of Konya. He was linked to facilitating financial support for planning attacks outside Syria and Iraq against the West, officials said.

ISIS Trainer: Abu Asim al-Jazaeri

Abu Asim al-Jazaeri, an ISIS external operations planner and a Syria-based French-Algerian ISIS fighter, was killed by a May 11 coalition airstrike near Mayadin, Syria. He was involved in training a new generation of ISIS youths called the Cubs of the Caliphate, officials said, describing it as a high-priority training program sanctioned by ISIS leadership.

ISIS Drones Specialist: Abu-Khattab al-Rawi

Abu-Khattab al-Rawi, a senior ISIS military official, was killed during a May 18 operation near Qaim, Iraq, along with three other terrorists. Rawi was an ISIS military official who operated in Iraq’s Anbar province and provided direct support to ISIS leadership, officials said. He also was responsible for coordinating unmanned aerial vehicle operations and procurement in Anbar.

The deaths of these men eliminates senior foreign fighters who had extensive experience and training and degrades ISIS’ ability to plan and conduct attacks on civilian targets in Iraq and Syria, as well throughout the region and in the West, task force officials said.

Source: US Department of Defense

Image: U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles, from the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, drop 2,000 pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions, Nov. 26, 2009, by Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller (USAF, 2009).

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