Russia Says Air Strike Kills Four Senior IS Commanders In Syria

Syrian government forces fire a multiple-rocket launcher from a position on the southwestern outskirts of Deir el-Zour

The Russian Defense Ministry says it has killed four senior Islamic State (IS) commanders in an air strike targeting the extremist group in Syria’s eastern city of Deir el-Zour.

Russian news agencies on September 8 quoted a ministry statement as saying that 40 militants were killed in the air strike, including Abu Muhammad al-Shimali, who is responsible for foreign IS fighters.

Heavy fighting continues between Syrian government forces, backed by Russia, and IS fighters seeking to reinstate a siege of Deir al-Zour.

Russian President Vladimir Putin this week congratulated his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, after Syrian state media said government troops had broken the three-year siege of the city by IS forces.

In the months after Russia began a campaign of air strikes in Syria in September 2015, Western officials said it mainly targeted not IS militants but other opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP/Radio Free Europe

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