BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The top oil chief of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) was reportedly killed by the US-led Coalition in east Syria last month.
“Four Islamic State of Iraq and Syria members affiliated with the group’s oil and gas network were killed May 26 during coalition operations in Syria’s Middle Euphrates River Valley,” Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials announced today.
According to the CJTF-OIR statement, the ISIS oil chief, Abu Khattab al-Iraqi, managed revenue generation through the illicit sale of oil and gas.
Abu Khattab Al-Iraqi was killed alongside three of his associates; they were identified as Abu Yusuf al-Hashimi, Abu Hajir Milhim and Abu Hiba al-Maghrebi.
“The death of these ISIS members hinders the terrorist group’s ability to finance operations throughout Iraq and Syria,” the U.S. Department of Defense stated on Tuesday.
“”With the removal of this network, the ability to pay fighters, procure weapons and maintain equipment will be degraded,” they added.