ISIS commander of Deir ez-Zor killed in clashes east Syria

isis2ALEPPO – A prominent jihadi and head of military operations of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province was killed in clashes with Syrian army forces, local sources reported on Tuesday.

 ISIS commander of Deir ez-Zor Amer Ghaffal al-Saleh was killed along with 16 other militants in clashes with Syrian regime troops in the vicinity of the Deir ez-Zor military airport.

 “Clashes broke out after ISIS fighters launched a mortar attack on the army headquarters in the airport and killed over a dozen Syrian soldiers,” media activist Ahmed Ramadan told ARA News in Deir ez-Zor.

 “The army troops were then engaged in clashes with ISIS militants and killed at least 17 from the group, including its military commander in the province Amer Ghaffal al-Saleh,” the source reported.

Al-Saleh was responsible for the ISIS-led military operations against the Syrian army in Deir ez-Zor and its countryside, according to sources close to ISIS who spoke to ARA News on condition of anonymity.

Also, an ISIS Emir [prince] known as Abu Azzam was killed in an attack by the Syrian army in al-Tharda district of Deir ez-Zor province, activists reported on Tuesday.

 Culled from NARA News and reporting by: Helin Saeed

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