Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Russian airstrike kills 40 Daesh militants in Syria

Russian airstrike kills 40 Daesh militants in Syria

In July, police in Tajikistan killed four of Khalimov's relatives in a gun battle, an interior ministry source has said, and three other relatives were detained.

At least five senior Isis leaders have been killed in air strikes in Syria, US Central Command and the Russian Ministry of Defence have reported.

"The air strike destroyed an underground command post, a communications center and about 40 militants of Daesh", a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed.

Among those killed was Abu Muhammad al-Shimali, who oversees foreign fighters at IS, it said.

The Iraqi-born Saudi Arabia citizen, who defected from Al-Qaeda to IS in 2015, had a $5 million bounty on his head following the attacks.

Among the IS leaders killed was the group's War Minister, Gulmurod Khalimov, a wanted militant from Tajikistan.

His death has been reported previously, including in an air attack in Mosul in April.

The Syrian Army reinforcements were seen, Thursday, transporting several boats to the Deir ez-Zor Governorate for what is expected to be the government's first attempt during this war to cross the Euphrates and push into these eastern territories.

The United States last August offered $3m for the capture of Khalimov, who had been trained by the USA in counter-terrorism before joining IS.

American military planning calls for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, now finishing the battle to take Raqqa from Islamic State, to push further south down the Euphrates River and to seize the extremist group's remaining cities of Mayadeen and then al-Bukamal on the Iraqi border.

Khalimov was a former member of the Tajik police's special forces who had received anti-terrorist training in the USA before going underground and joining Islamic State in 2015, according to Interfax.

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