United States forces have assassinated Maher al-Agal, one of five top leaders of the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria, and his deputy, Reuters and NBC News reported Tuesday.
Al-Agal was responsible for developing ISIS networks outside Iraq and Syria.
The drone strike took place in northwestern Syria. Al-Agal’s deputy was seriously injured, according to US Central Command (CENTCOM).
“Extensive planning went into this operation to ensure its successful execution,” CENTCOM said. “An initial review indicates there were no civilian casualties.”
“The removal of these ISIS leaders will disrupt the terrorist organization’s ability to further plot and carry out global attacks,” CENTCOM spokesperson Col. Joe Buccino added.
“ISIS continues to represent a threat to the U.S. and partners in the region,” Buccino said. “CENTCOM maintains a sufficient and sustainable presence in the region and will continue to counter threats against regional security.