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Russian airstrike kills IS 'minister of war' in Syria

Heavy clashes continue between Syrian regime forces and IS militants [AFP]

Date of publication: 8 September, 2017

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Russia’s Ministry of Defence said on Friday it has killed four Islamic State group leaders in an airstrike outside the eastern Syria city of Deir ez-Zour.
Russia claimed on Friday its airstrikes killed four top Islamic State [IS] commanders in Syria, including the group's "minister of war" and the "Emir of Deir ez-Zour".

"As a result of a precision airstrike of the Russian air forces in the vicinity of Deir ez-Zour city, a command post, communication centre and some 40 [IS] fighters have been killed," the Russian defence ministry said in a statement on Facebook.

"According to confirmed data, among the killed fighters are four influential field commanders including Deir ez-Zour emir Abu Mohammed al-Shimali," the ministry said.

Gulmurod Khalimov, a native of Tajikistan who is known as the group's "Minister of War", suffered a "fatal injury", the ministry added.

Khalimov headed the Tajik interior ministry's Special Forces unit before joining IS in 2015.

Heavy clashes continued between Syrian regime forces - backed by Russia - and IS militants fighting to reinstate a three-year-long siege imposed on tens of thousands of civilians in Deir ez-Zour.

Syrian regime forces broke the siege on Tuesday, marking a significant advance against the militants.

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