4 IS lead­ers thought killed

Bangkok Post - - WORLD -

MOSCOW: Rus­sia’s Min­istry of De­fense said yes­ter­day it killed four Is­lamic State (IS) lead­ers in an airstrike out­side the east­ern Syria city of Deir al-Zor.

Rus­sia has been pro­vid­ing air cover for Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad’s of­fen­sive on ISmil­i­tants since 2015.

The de­fence min­istry said its airstrike killed 40 mil­i­tants, in­clud­ing four prom­i­nent war­lords who gath­ered for a meet­ing of IS com­man­ders in an un­der­ground bunker out­side Deir al-Zor.

Heavy clashes are tak­ing place be­tween Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces and the IS around Deir al-Zor as mil­i­tants fight back to re­in­state a years-long siege of the city.

Pres­i­dent As­sad’s troops on Tues­day broke the nearly three-year mil­i­tant block­ade of parts of the city.

The Rus­sian mil­i­tary named Abu Muham­mad al-Shi­mali and Gul­murod Khal­imov as two of the four IS lead­ers killed in the airstrike.

The other two were not named in the state­ment

Shi­mali re­port­edly headed the move­ment of for­eign fight­ers into Syria for train­ing and de­ploy­ment.

The Rus­sian de­fence min­istry said the airstrike was or­dered af­ter Moscow re­ceived in­tel­li­gence ear­lier this week about a meet­ing of se­nior IS com­man­ders in the area.

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