Damascus: Abu al Umarayn, a senior ISIS leader who was involved in the murder of former U.S. Army Ranger Peter Kassig, was killed in a drone strike in Syria on Sunday, the U.S.-led coalition said.
The leader, along with “several other ISIS members,” were killed in precision drone strikes in Syria’s Badiyah Desert, coalition spokesperson Col. Sean Ryan said in a statement.
“Al Umarayn had given indications of posing an imminent threat to Coalition Forces and he was involved in the killing of American Citizen and former U.S. Army Ranger, Peter Kassig,” officials said. “He has been linked to and directly involved with executing several other prisoners as a senior ISIS member.”
The statement continued, “Coalition airstrikes continue to disrupt ISIS command and control on the battlefield as we remove key figures from their ranks.”
Kassig, a 26-year-old aid worker and U.S. citizen, was captured in Syria in October 2013 as he was providing aid to Syrians who were fleeing the country’s civil war. He friends say he converted to Islam in captivity and took the first name Abdul-Rahman.