A senior Islamic State official planning operations in Europe was killed in a hit by the US military in Syria, underscoring the group’s continued threat despite no longer having any territory in Syria or Iraq.
The death of Khalid Aydd Ahmad al-Jabouri is a significant blow to IS, as he was responsible for planning attacks in Europe. It is a reminder that even though IS no longer controls any territory in Syria or Iraq, it remains a threat to the region and beyond. The US military’s continued commitment to the enduring defeat of IS is evident in this strike, as well as the previous operations that targeted IS leaders. The strike also highlights the ongoing conflict and instability in Syria, where various groups continue to operate, including jihadists and former rebels. Despite the US-led coalition’s efforts, IS remains active in Syria and neighboring Iraq, operating from hideouts in desert and mountain areas. The spate of deadly attacks carried out by IS inside Syria this year also underscores the group’s determination to continue its operations.