ALEPPO – A prominent jihadi and Emir of the Islamic State in Manbij was reported dead in an attack by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Saturday.
Abu Khalid al-Tunisi, ISIS Emir (prince) of Manbij, was killed along with a number of his escorts when the US-backed SDF fighters hit his car in Manbij city, military sources reported.
The Tunisian jihadi has been leading ISIS operations in Manbij city on the Syrian-Turkish border after the group’s military commander was killed in earlier clashes with the SDF.
“The death of Abu Khalid al-Tunisi was confirmed after our forces bombed his car in Manbij city,” a spokesman for the SDF told ARA News. “At least four ISIS militants were accompanying al-Tunisi when we targeted their car with an artillery shell. They were all killed.”
The Syrian Democratic Forces have recently recaptured the entire countryside of Manbij, including over 110 villages and farms, after heavy fighting with ISIS militants.
Supported by the US-led coalition’s airstrikes, the SDF has advanced towards the ISIS-held city of Manbij after launching a new operation five weeks ago.
Since the start of the battle for Manbij border pocket in northern Syria on 31 May, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reportedly killed a number of prominent jihadis from the Islamic State group (ISIS), including Manbij governor Osama al-Tounsi, jihadi commander Dahham al-Hussein, and ISIS senior leader Abu Hamza al-Ansari.
Reporting by: Helin Saeed
Source: ARA News
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