Six Islamic State Leaders Killed in Iraq, Syria by Coalition Forces Since April

Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commander CJTF-OIR / U.S. Army


Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials announced this week that coalition strikes have killed six Islamic State leaders in Iraq and Syria since April 24.

On April 24, Syria-based Munawwar al-Mutayari was killed by a coalition strike. He was believed to be working on terrorist attacks against Saudi Arabia.

Belgian Soufiane Makouh was killed in Syria on June 2 while he was planning attacks against the United States.

ISIS intelligence official Simak was killed on June 12. He was working with a terror cell plotting attacks in Sweden. Two other ISIS members who were working on the Sweden plot, Abu Awf and Abu-Quddamah, died soon after on June 24. Another member of the cell, Sharif al-Ragab, was killed on June 26.

Army Brig. Gen. Brian Eifler, CJTF-OIR director of operations, said ISIS was desperate and that the Coalition will continue to strike ISIS before it can attack innocent people around the world.

"With its conventional forces under heavy pressure in Syria, [ISIS] is desperately seeking to remain relevant through operations that threaten all the nations of the world," Eifler said. "The coalition and its partners will continue to deny [ISIS] safe havens in Syria and Iraq in order to disrupt the terrorist group's capabilities to plan, coordinate and carry out attacks on the nations of the world."

ISIS has lost most of the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria and is instead resorting to smaller terror cells around the world to carry out attacks.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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