A top extremist jihadi commander in the ranks of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) was reportedly killed in clashes with Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern Aleppo province, military sources reported on Saturday.
Fierce clashes took place between the western-backed SDF troops and ISIS militants in the Um Mayyal village on the road between Aleppo and Manbij in northern Syria, leading to casualties on both sides.
The SDF was able to retake the village after ISIS withdrawal.
“Subsequent to fierce fighting on Saturday, our forces liberated Um Mayyal in the western countryside of Manbij on the Aleppo highway,” SDF officer Habun Osman told Kurdish News.
“We have collected corpses of 24 ISIS militants who were killed in the clashes, including their commander Dahham al-Hussein,” the official said, adding that five SDF fighters lost their lives in the fighting and a dozen more were injured.
Al-Hussein was appointed by ISIS as an Emir [commander] in Um Mayyal village and he was in charge of the group’s military operations in western Manbij.