US forces kill senior ISIS leader

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Palmyra: A US Department of Defense statement said that Abu Sayyaf helped direct oil, gas and financial operations for IS, as well as holding a military role.

It said forces tried to capture him, but he was killed after engaging them. It is the first time the US is known to have carried out a ground operation to attack IS within Syria.

On Saturday, the group took control of the northern part of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, which it has been advancing on for three days, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – a UK-based network that uses activists within Syria.

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