DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:35 P.M.) – Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was likely upset about an American assassination attack conducted by US special forces in a desert area of ISIS-held eastern Syria two weeks ago, targeting a close associate of the self-proclaimed caliph.
According to a military source close to Al-Masdar News, US informants and intelligence agencies had traced Abdul Rahman al-Uzbeki for some time, monitoring his movements in the Deir Ezzor governorate.
Abdul Rahman al-Uzbeki, believed to have masterminded a terror attack in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve, was shot dead on April 6 as US choppers hunted him down near Mayadin town, deploying elite troops to ensure his death following a brief firefight.
The now deceased jihadist chief, originating from Uzbekistan himself, was also a key facilitator of foreign fighters and funds from private entities flowing to Syria and Iraq.
Remarkably, the US airborne operation took less than 30 minutes and did not result in any casualties for American personnel despite the high-risk mission.
Mayadin, located on the Euphrates River south of Deir Ezzor city, serves as a secondary capital for ISIS due to intensive bombardment on Raqqa, its functioning capital.