Syrian report: “Abu Sayyaf was not the target in the US attack”

Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

According to a Syrian report, the Islamic State’s “oil minister” who was killed in the United States’ attack yesterday was not the main target. 32 IS operatives, including 4 senior-level officials were killed in the airstrike.

One day after the Islamic State’s “oil minister”, Abu Sayyaf, was killed in Syria, a report in the country suggests at least 4 senior-level IS officials were killed in the United States’ attack. In addition, the report says that some of the targeted IS officials were informed of the planned attack in advanced, and managed to dodge it.

The Syrian Human Rights Center report stated that 32 IS operatives were killed in the attack and that three of them had foreign citizenships. The most senior-level official killed in the attack was the right-hand of Abu Omar al-Shishani, the organization’s chief military commander. The Syrian report did not mention Abu Sayyaf who was reported to be the chief target of the American attack.

It was further reported that several senior-level officials, including the Islamic State’s spokesperson, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, were targeted in the attack. However, they were unharmed.

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