Islamist leader killed in U.S.-led strike near Syria’s Kobane


ARA News

Kobane, Syria – Othman Saleh al-Shawaibi, a leading member of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) was reported dead as a U.S.-led air strike hit the group’s stronghold in the countryside of Kobane, northern Syria.

Al-Shawaibi, also known as Abu Hamza, was named as a local prince of IS in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor, before moving to the countryside of Kobane (where Kurds constitute a majority) and later killed  in an air strike by the international coalition forces on Monday night.

“Abu Hamza was one of the eminent leaders of IS in Deir ez-Zor,” an IS-linked media activist reported.

The same source said that the Security Chief of the Islamic State in northern Syria, Yusif Khalil al-Salem, was also killed during clashes with the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) in the countryside of Kobane on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, local sources in Kobane told ARA News that the U.S.-led coalition intensified its attacks against IS strongholds in the area on Monday at midnight, as IS extremists advanced towards the city for the last two days.

“IS terrorists are only 4km away from the city of Kobane. They have made considerable advances in the last two days in spite of the continuous air strikes against their main headquarters in the area,” a Kurdish activist in Kobane told ARA News, under the condition of anonymity.


Reporting by: Jan Ali

Source: ARA News

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