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Coalition removes ISIS leaders from battlefield
Release No: 17-352 Sept. 7, 2017
Southwest Asia —
Sept. 7, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA -
Coalition airstrikes killed two senior ISIS leaders near Mayadin, Syria, Sept. 4.
The removal of these key ISIS leaders disrupts ISIS's weapons engineering activities.
Abu Anas al-Shami, an ISIS weapons research leader, was killed by a Coalition airstrike near Mayadin, Syria. Al-Shami led ISIS's attempts to procure explosives and devised plans to use bombs for external terror attacks. Al-Shami also oversaw the building of improvised explosives to rig corpses, vehicles and buildings against local forces and civilians to inflict terror, death and destruction.
Junaid ur Rehman, a senior ISIS drone pilot trainer and engineer, was killed by a Coalition airstrike in the village of al-Ashara, Syria, south of Mayadin. Rehman was an experienced engineer who was working to increase ISIS's ability to weaponize drones and to conduct aerial surveillance on the battlefield and plot attacks throughout the world.
The Coalition will continue to exert pressure on ISIS senior leaders and associates across multiple networks in order to degrade, disrupt, and dismantle ISIS structures and remove the extremist terrorists throughout Iraq and Syria.