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Two regional Islamic State (ISIS) leaders were killed earlier this week during a joint operation between Syrian and coalition forces in northeast Syria, coalition forces said Friday.
The Western-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and international coalition partners raided an ISIS position in the Deir Ezzor province on Sunday, where the two leaders, Ahmad ‘Isa Ismail al-Zawi and Ahmad ‘Abd Muhammad Hasan al-Jughayfi, were killed, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said in a press release.
“The Wali of Baghdad blew himself up. The logistics guy was killed in a gun battle,” a defense official told Fox News.
Al-Zawi, also known as Abu Ali al-Baghdadi, was the terror group’s Wali of North Baghdad and was responsible for relaying orders from senior ISIS leaders to operatives in North Baghdad, Iraq, the coalition said.
Al-Jughayfi, known as Abu Ammar, was charged with directing weapons, bomb-making materials and ISIS fighters across Iraq and Syria.
“The removal of these ISIS leaders will disrupt future attacks against innocent civilians and our security partners and in the region,” OIR said.
On the same day of the raid, the SDF tweeted that a security operation was carried out against ISIS cells in the same area where “a number of cell members were arrested, while two Iraqi nationals blew themselves up.”
In the continuation of combating the terrorism, a new operation by our special units and the #international_coalition against several #ISIS cells, east of #Deir_Ezzor, resulted, arrest of several cell’s elements and leaders, and seize military equipment and weapons pic.twitter.com/ffeGF7NN57
— Coordination & Military Ops Center – SDF (@cmoc_sdf) May 18, 2020
On Sunday, seven ISIS members escaped from a small prison on the edge of the town of Al-Hol, home to a sprawling camp where tens of thousands of Islamic State wives, widows and children live. Four were recaptured.
ISIS members took control of another prison for several hours earlier this month in al-Hasakah in northeast Syria. The rioting stopped when authorities negotiated an end to the unrest.