The U.S.-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have eliminated ISIS spokesman Abul-Hasan al-Muhajir inside the Turkish-occupied Euphrates Shield (ES) region in northern Aleppo, the SDF’s commander-in-chief announced on October 25.
“Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, the right-hand of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and ISIS spokesman, was targeted in the village of Ein al-Baydah near Jarabulus, in direct coordination between the SDF intelligence and the U.S. military,” Ferhat Abdi Şahin wrote on Twitter.
The Kurdish commander, who is known by his nom de guerre “Mazlum Abdi,” added that the operation was a part of the ongoing work to pursue ISIS leaders.
Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir was appointed as the ISIS main spokesman on December 5, 2016. The terrorist succeeded Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, who was killed while visiting the Aleppo frontlines in Syria in August of the same year.
Sources in the ES region confirmed that an oil tanker smuggling several ISIS members was struck by warplanes south of Jarabulus. At least three terrorists were killed in the airstrike. A fourth terrorist survived, but was captured by Turkish-backed fighters.
Close up footage of the tanker from @AbdullahAlmu7md shows still burning truck/tanker with #TFSA from a nearby checkpoint coming to inspect wreckage. 3 charred bodies believed to have been found. #SDF leader says #IslamicState spox was target in @CJTFOIR strike. pic.twitter.com/UDghJFCvXL
— Riam Dalati (@Dalatrm) October 27, 2019
The U.S.-led coalition has not confirmed the SDF’s claims, so far. Turkey, which controls the region where the airstrike took place, is yet to comment on the matter.
If confirmed, the assassination of al-Muhajir would be another blow to ISIS, which lost its leader Abu Baker al-Baghdadi a day earlier in a U.S. raid on northern Idlib.