US attack kills top ISIS leader in Syria

US attack kills top ISIS leader in Syria

A US strike in Syria has killed a senior ISIS leader who planned attacks in Europe, US Central Command (Centcom) said in a statement.

The attack, carried out on Monday, was a “unilateral” US operation that killed Khalid ‘Aydd Ahmad al-Jabouri, Centcom said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Al-Jabouri was a senior ISIS figure who “was responsible for planning ISIS attacks in Europe and developed the leadership structure for ISIS,” Centcom said.

According to Central Command, no civilians were killed or injured in the attack.

“ISIS continues to pose a threat to the region and beyond,” Centcom commander Gen Erik Kurilla said in the statement. “Although demoted, the group remains capable of conducting operations within the region with a desire to strike beyond the Middle East.”

Al-Jabouri’s death “will temporarily disrupt the organization’s ability to plot external attacks,” according to the statement.