SAA said on Wednesday it had killed ISIS’s military commander in Syria during operations in the north of the country, where government forces are seizing more territory back from the jihadist group.

If confirmed, this would represent a major blow against ISIS ahead of an attack which the US-backed SDF are expected to launch against the jihadists in their stronghold of Raqqa city.

 A Syrian military source told ISIS commander, Abu Musab al-Masri, had been the group’s “minister of war” for Syria. Syrian state media had earlier cited a military source as saying he was the organisation’s “minister of war”, suggesting he was the overall ISIS military commander.

Al-Masri was killed in the operations that got underway on May 10. The military source did not say where he was killed.

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