US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced today that “three senior foreign fighters” in the Islamic State were killed near the Iraqi-Syrian border in recent weeks. Two of them, Mustafa Gunes and Abu Asim al-Jazaeri, were allegedly involved in planning attacks abroad. And the third, Abu-Khattab al-Rawi, helped oversee the jihadists’ drone program in western Iraq.
Both Gunes and al-Jazaeri were struck down near the city of Mayadin in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. The Islamic State has moved some of its leadership to Mayadin as it has lost ground elsewhere.
According to the US military, both Gunes and al-Jazaeri were part of the Islamic State’s “external operations” — that is, terrorist plotting outside of the jihadists’ battlefields