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    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)
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    Syrian army killed 40 Islamic State militants, including Abu Taeem Saudi, a national of Saudi Arabia known, who was ISIL's "oil minister."

    BEIRUT (Sputnik) – Syrian army killed 40 Islamic State militants, including a senior commander in charge of oil fields, in the country’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province, Syrian state television reported Saturday.

    According to the report, Abu Taeem Saudi, a national of Saudi Arabia known, who was among those killed by the Syrian armed forces, was ISIL's "oil minister."

    The operation was carried out in the militants-controlled Omar oil field, according to the state media.

    Also on Saturday, the Pentagon reported that US military special forces killed a ISIL senior leader during a raid in eastern Syria. The US authorities identified the commander as Abu Sayyaf who allegedly helped direct the group's oil, gas and financial operations.

    The Islamic State militant group controls large areas of Syria and Iraq, and controls several oil fields in both countries.

    A US-led Coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against the Islamic State targets in Iraq since August 2014, and in Syria since September 2014, albeit without the approval of the Syrian government.

    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)


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