Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

East Germany's stolen babies

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Turkey's ambassador to France reacts to Erdogan's re-election

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

'Two thirds of victims of human trafficking in Europe are EU nationals'

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

A new stance on immigration? Europe's latest tussle over migrants

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Meet Zsa Zsa the English bulldog, the world's ugliest dog

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'Turkey is a very weak state which looks very strong'

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

The Moroccan teacher improving his pupils' lives; and Turkey's violent crackdown on students

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

French delegation in China to develop trade ties

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Melania's jacket: What did it mean?

Read more

Middle East

Air strike kills senior IS group leader, Pentagon says

© Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel, US Air Forces Central Command, AFP | US Navy F-18E Super Hornets in flight after receiving fuel from a KC-135 on September 23, 2014

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2016-09-16

A coalition air strike in Syria has killed a senior Islamic State operative considered the group's information minister, a week after another raid eliminated a top IS strategist, the Pentagon said Friday.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said that Wa'il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, also known as "Dr. Wa'il", was killed in a precision strike on September 7 near Raqa, the Syrian city that is the de facto capital of the Islamic State (IS) group.

"Wa'il oversaw ISIL's production of terrorist propaganda videos showing torture and executions," Cook said, describing him as "one of ISIL's most senior leaders" and a close associate of Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, the IS group spokesman killed on August 30.

US officials "will continue to work with our coalition partners to build momentum" in the campaign to deal the IS group "a lasting defeat," he added.

The IS group is also referred to as ISIL and Daesh.

The announcement comes as air strikes and clashes are testing a fragile ceasefire in Syria.

Under the deal, Moscow must pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Washington must work with Syrian rebels to silence their guns.

If the truce, which began on Monday, lasts seven days and humanitarian access is granted, Russia and the United States are to work together to target jihadists, including the IS group and former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front.

Russia said that although only Moscow and the Syrian regime were fulfilling the truce deal, it was ready to extend the agreement by 72 hours.

The Pentagon also said that it had deployed dozens of US Special Operations Forces to Syria's border with Turkey to fight the IS group at Ankara's request in support of the Turkish military and "vetted" Syrian rebels.

(AFP)

Date created : 2016-09-16

  • SYRIA

    US Special Forces to back Turkish troops in Syria

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    High praise for Syria’s 'White Helmets' – but who are they?

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    Aid convoy for Syria stuck at Turkish border amid fragile truce

    Read more

COMMENT(S)