Syrian Defence Forces killed senior Islamic State member south of Hasakah
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Thursday that it had killed a senior member of the jihadist group of Islamic State (IS) in the south of Hasakah.
The SDF media center explained in a statement that the insurgent was the group’s “commander” who was in charge of Iraqi-Syrian border security, while he was involved in several assassinations in Iraq’s Mosul city.
“Counter-terrorist groups from the SDF in northern Shadadi on Tuesday morning raided a tunnel in which the terrorist Abou Hareth al-Iraqi, the commander and security official for the Iraqi-Syrian border security in ISIS and responsible for assassinations in south of Mosul in Iraq and security commander for the Diyala province in 2013, was located,” the statement said, as cited by The Syrian Observer.
“After investigations and reconnaissance tours, the units confirmed the presence of tunnels in the area near where ‘al-Iraqi’ was located. Forces raided the tunnels where al-Iraqi was fortified with some members of his cell.”
The SDF pointed out that its fighters called them a number of times to exit the tunnel, but they refused to do so, the Kurdish forces, therefore, had to open fire which killed them all inside.
The Syrian Kurdish forces announced the full victory over the insurgent group in March, this year, but the extremist group’s sleeper cells are still active in the country.