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    Two senior members of Daesh terrorist group responsible for managing and directing external operations attacks and participated in attack plotting against the Middle East and Western targets were eliminated in coalition's airstrikes in Syria's Deir ez-Zor.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Two senior members of Daesh terrorist group, as well as three other terrorists, have been killed during US-led coalition airstrikes in the Syrian city of Deir ez Zor, US Central Command reported in a press release on Wednesday.

    "Abd Al-Ghafur and Abu Hammam were responsible for managing and directing external operations attacks and participated in attack plotting against the Middle East and Western targets," the release stated.

    "Their removal deprives ISIS [Daesh] of well-connected members with links to trans-regional terror support networks."

    Abd al-Ghafur was killed in an airstrike July 24 near Abu Kamal, Syria. His assistant, Abu Hammam, and three other Daesh members were killed by a Coalition airstrike July 16 near Deir ez-Zor.

    Deir ez-Zor had been encircled by the Daesh terrorists since 2014 with its residents living in conditions of humanitarian catastrophe. However, the Syrian government forces were able to regain control over a half of the city this year. The Syrian forces continue an offensive aimed at lifting the siege and creating supply lines for the city’s residents.


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