International Coalition bombing kills Islamic State leader in al-Shaafah, Deir ez-Zor
SMART - Deir ez-Zor
On Monday, an International Coalition airstrike targeted the home of an Islamic State (IS) leader, Abu Ishaq al-Tunisi, in the town of al-Shaafah, 113 kilometers southeast, Deir ez-Zor, Eastern Syria, killing him.
The IS is a terrorist organization that announced its establishment in April 2013 and controls large areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army. It later withdrew and allowed the loyalist forces to progress at the expense of the Free Syrian Army. Since the beginning of the International Coalition's operations, its presence has declined in Eastern and Central Syria.
A private source explained that Abu Ishaq commands the IS' Akrama Battalion, which is made up of 700 members who have pledged to fight to the death for the IS.
The source pointed out that Syrian and Iraqi IS members disagree with foreign IS members on whether to leave al-Shaafah for safer areas. The foreign members wish to stay and fight to the death.
The source did not clarify if the Syrian and Iraqi members wished to withdraw with their families to areas in the Syrian Desert.
On Sept. 11, 2018, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the beginning of the last stage of the al-Jazira Storm Operation against the Islamic State in Eastern Deir ez-Zor, with support from the International Coalition, as the SDF continue their advance in the area.