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US kills top Islamic State leader in Syria, Pentagon says

Syria's Kurdish-led forces alleged Maher al-Aghal was also affiliated with Turkey-backed opposition group Ahrar al-Sharqiya.
A picture shows the site where a US drone targeted Maher al-Agal, a leader in the Islamic State militant group, near the village of Khaltan, near Jindires in northern Syria, on July 12, 2022.

A US drone strike on Tuesday killed the leader of the Islamic State group in Syria, the US military announced today.

Maher al-Agal was killed near the town of Jidayris in Syria’s Afrin region, according to US Central Command. Another senior IS official “closely associated with Maher” was seriously wounded in the strike.

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