BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Russian Aerospace Forces delivered another devastating attack on the so-called Islamic State’s (ISIL) positions in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, destroying one of the the terrorist group’s most important command-and-control centers in he province.
Russian jets flying out of eastern Homs reportedly struck the terrorist group’s command-and-control central in rural Deir Ezzor this week, killing over 40 Islamic State combatants and several leaders.
“After confirming the information received and conducting additional reconnaissance, two Su-34 and Su-35 aircraft of Russia’s Aerospace Forces were scrambled from the Hmeymim air base, which made a pinpoint strike with bunker busting bombs. The air strike destroyed an underground terrorist command post, a communications center and about 40 militants of Daesh,” a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed.
Among those terrorist leaders killed in Deir Ezzor, was the Islamic State’s War Minister, Gulmurod Khalimov, a wanted terrorist from Tajikistan.
“The ‘war minister’ of Daesh international terrorist group was at the meeting, and he died from a lethal injury,” the statement said. “Effective actions of the Russian Aerospace Forces made it possible to speed up the unblocking of the city of Deir ez-Zor and allow the Syrian troops to start its immediate liberation,” the Russian Ministry of Defense reported.
In addition to Khalimov’s death, the Russian Air Force also killed the ‘Emir’ of Deir Ezzor, Abu Muhammad Al-Shmali, the terrorist group’s finance minister.
“According to confirmed information, four influential field commanders were among the destroyed militants, including ‘the Sharif of Deir Ezzor,’ Abu Muhammad al-Shimali who was responsible for finance as well as redeployment of new recruits to Daesh training camps,” the statement said.
Both the U.S. Coalition and Russia have claimed their forces killed the ISIL finance minister; however, the Islamic State has not acknowledged his death.