Top ISIS leader blown apart by drone strike as he drove through Syrian village

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The US military has confirmed that it has killed the leader of ISIS in Syria as he rode his motorbike through a village.

The Syrian leader of the Islamic State, and one of the top five in the whole network, Maher al-Agal, was killed instantly in an airstrike in northwest Syria.

More specifically, the blast took place in the Jenderies district in Afrin – an area northwest of Aleppo near the country's shared border with Turkey, which is under occupation by the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) since 2018.

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In a statement, US Central Command (CENTCOMM) said a close associate of his was also seriously injured in the blast, but survived.

The statement added: "Extensive planning went into this operation to ensure its successful execution.

"An initial review indicates there were no civilian casualties."

Al-Agal was the leader of the Islamic State in Syria and one of the top five ISIS leaders overall.

His death should prove a major blow to the efforts of ISIS to reorganise as a guerilla force after losing much of their territory.

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The US military add that he was responsible for "aggressively pursuing" the development of ISIS networks outside of Iraq and Syria.

CENTCOMM spokesperson Col. Joe Buccino said: "This strike reaffirms CENTCOM's steadfast commitment to the region and the enduring defeat of ISIS.

"The removal of these ISIS leaders will disrupt the terrorist organization's ability to further plot and carry out global attacks.

"ISIS continues to represent a threat to the US and partners in the region.

"CENTCOM maintains a sufficient and sustainable presence in the region and will continue to counter threats against regional security."

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