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US official says top Islamic State commander killed in Syria

WASHINGTON – A senior U.S. defense official has confirmed that a top Islamic State military commander was killed by a coalition air strike in Syria on Monday.

The official says that Abu Jandal al-Kuwaiti was killed near the Tabqa Dam. He was one of the main leader of the group in Raqqa. No other data were available.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for human Rights said earlier this week that he was approached by the US-led coalition aircraft. And supporters on social media had indicated on Tuesday that he had been killed.

The AMERICAN side was the first official coalition in recognition of his death.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are battling Islamic State fighters near the strategic dam, helped by a barrage of air strikes of the coalition in the region.

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