BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) oil minister was killed in eastern Syria this week after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) carried out a joint operation with the U.S.-led Coalition.
According to a statement from the SDF, their troops managed to kill Thabit Sobhi Fahd Al-Ahmad while conducting an operation inside the Deir Ezzor Governorate.
Thabit Sobhi Fahad Al-Ahmad was one of the highest-ranking Islamic State commanders in the Deir Ezzor Governorate. He was responsible for the sale and smuggling of oil from the previously ISIS-occupied areas in Syria and Iraq.
Al-Ahmad was also considered one of the masterminds behind the Islamic State’s economic policies during the terrorist group’s brief reign over much of eastern Syria and western Iraq.
His death is a major blow to the terrorist organization as he was one of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s top officials.