ISIS leader killed in drone strike
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/03/18, 11:08 am
The U.S.-led coalition in Syria on Sunday targeted and killed an Islamic State (ISIS) leader responsible for the 2014 beheading of an American aid worker, a U.S. official confirmed to CBS News on Monday. Abu al-Umarayn and several ISIS members were killed in precision drone strikes in a desert area in southeast Syria, according to U.S. Central Command.
Al-Umarayn was linked to the killings of several ISIS prisoners, including Peter Kassig, a U.S. Army Ranger who became an aid worker, said Col. Sean Ryan, a coalition spokesman. Insurgents captured Kassig on Oct. 1, 2013, while he was delivering medical supplies to Syrians brutalized by the war. The group released a video the following month showing that Kassig, 26, was beheaded.
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Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.