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Coalition strikes kill high-value Daesh members

Iraqi Security Forces fire at known ISIS locations near the Iraqi-Syrian border using an M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer, June 5, 2018. Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition partners provided fire support as they continued Operation Roundup, the military offensive to rid the final pockets of the terrorist organization from the Middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Anthony Zendejas IV)

SOUTHWEST ASIA — Coalition strikes have killed six Daesh leaders and planners since April 24.

The removal of these leaders has prevented Daesh external attack planning, facilitation and operations targeting Saudi Arabia, the United States and Sweden.

Munawwar al-Mutayari, a Syrian-based Daesh member planning external attacks to be carried out in Saudi Arabia, was killed by a Coalition kinetic strike April 24.

A Belgian foreign fighter, Soufiane Makouh, who came to Syria to plan attacks against the U.S and its interests, was killed by a kinetic strike June 2.

On June 12, Coalition forces conducted a kinetic strike against Simak, a Daesh intelligence official linked to a terror cell plotting attacks in Sweden. Two additional individuals directly associated with the Sweden attack plot, Abu Awf and Abu-Quddamah, were killed on June 24. Additionally, Swedish attack cell member Sharif al-Ragab was killed June 26.

“With its conventional forces under heavy pressure in Syria, Daesh is desperately seeking to remain relevant through operations that threaten all the nations of the world,” said Brig. Gen. Brian Eifler, director of operations for Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. “The Coalition and its partners will continue to deny Daesh safe havens in Syria and Iraq in order to disrupt the terrorist group’s capabilities to plan, coordinate and carry out attacks on the nations of the world.”