BEIRUT, Lebanon — Hudhayfah al-Badri, son of Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed throughout an assault by the jihadists in the central Syrian province of Homs, the IS propaganda company Amaq introduced Tuesday.
Al-Badri was killed in an “operation against the Nussayriyyah and the Russians at the thermal power station in Homs,” the group stated in a assertion alongside a picture of a younger man holding an assault rifle.
Nussayriyyah is the time period utilized by IS for the Alawite sect of President Bashar Assad.
IS declared a cross-border “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq in 2014, seizing a third of Iraq throughout a sweeping offensive.
The jihadists have since misplaced a lot floor to separate counter-offensives by Syrian and Iraqi forces in addition to US-led operations, and the jihadist presence is now confined to a few holdouts.
The Islamic State group is estimated to regulate not more than three % of Syria’s territory.
Last December the Iraqi authorities declared victory over IS however the army has continued common operations concentrating on principally desert areas alongside the porous Syrian border.
The group’s chief Baghdadi, who has been pronounced useless on a number of events, stays alive in Syrian territory by the Iraqi border, an Iraqi intelligence official stated in May. Baghdadi was stated to maneuver round with solely a small group of followers
Originally from Iraq, Baghdadi has been dubbed the “most wanted man on the planet” and the United States is providing a $25 million reward for his seize.
The Iraqi official stated the noose was closing across the jihadist chief after Iraqi forces captured 5 high IS commanders in an unprecedented raid in Syria on March 24.
Last September, in the final voice message attributed to Baghdadi, the IS chief known as on his fighters in Syria and Iraq to “resist” their enemies.
He had 4 youngsters along with his first spouse and a son along with his second spouse.