US-trained ISIS 'Minister of War' killed in Russian airstrike, claims Moscow

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - US-trained Gulmurod Khalimov, among those killed in bombing of ISIS command post in Deir Ezzor, says Russian Defence Ministry.

Russia claimed Friday to have killed several top commanders of the ISIS group in an airstrike in Syria, including the so-called "emir" of Deir Ezzor and the "minister of war" who was trained by the US before joining ISIS.

"As a result of a precision airstrike of the Russian airforces in the vicinity of Deir Ezzor city, a command post, communication centre and some 40 ISIS militants have been killed," the Russian Defence Ministry said.

"According to confirmed data, among the killed militants are four influential field commanders including Deir Ezzor emir Abu Mohammed al-Shimali," the Ministry said.

Gulmurod Khalimov, a native of Tajikistan who is known as the ISIS group's minister of war, suffered a "fatal injury", the Ministry added.

Backed by Russia, Syrian troops on Tuesday broke through a years-long siege imposed by ISIS militants on tens of thousands of civilians in Deir Ezzor.


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