Security and countering violence

The United States announced on Tuesday that it had killed the ISIS group leader in Syria in a drone strike in the northwest of the country.

In a statement, the Pentagon’s Central Command said Maher al-Agal, described as “one of the five most senior leaders” of ISIS, was killed while riding a motorbike near the town of Jindires and his closest adviser was “seriously injured.”

Maher al-Agal was “responsible for aggressively pursuing the development of ISIS networks outside of Iraq and Syria,” and “the elimination of these leaders will disrupt the terrorist organization’s ability to plan and carry out attacks around the world,” Central Command spokesman Colonel Joe Buccino said.