Senior IS commander in Syria likely killed
One of Islamic State’s top commanders in Syria was probably killed in combat as the militants sought to stave off an advance by US-backed Syrian forces towards a strategic dam in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said yesterday. The commander, known as Abu Jandal Al-Kuwaiti, was killed as Islamic State fighters tried to drive the Syrian Democratic Forces from the village of Jabar captured from the militants on Monday, Observatory Director Rami Abdulrahman said. The Islamic State counter attack, launched overnight, failed. The Syrian army said Abu Jandal was killed fighting in the Tabqa area near the dam. IS supporters on social media confirmed he was killed.