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Abu Khattab al-Tunisi (died 10 June 2017)[2] was a Tunisian jihadist and military leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,[1] who had risen to the group's third-highest ranking commander by 2017.[3] In that year, he was put in charge of the military operations in eastern Raqqa, ISIL's proclaimed capital, which was attacked by the Syrian Democratic Forces on 6 June 2017. Just four days after the battle's beginning, Abu Khattab was killed at the frontlines in the Roman suburb, alongside 12 other ISIL militants, during a shootout with SDF fighters.[4] His death was considered to be "a new blow to the ISIS terror group".[1]

Abu Khattab al-Tunisi
Born Tunisia[1]
Died 10 June 2017[2]
Raqqa, Syria
Allegiance  Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Service/branch Military of ISIL
Years of service ?–2017
Rank Third-highest ranking ISIL commander[3]
Battles/wars

Syrian Civil War

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Dilber Issa (12 June 2017). "Top ISIS military official killed by SDF fire in Raqqa city". ARA News. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "3rd neighborhood liberated from IS in al-Raqqa". Hawar News Agency. 11 June 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Mohammad Abdulssattar Ibrahim; Mohammed Al-Haj Ali; Justin Schuster (12 June 2017). "In battle for Raqqa, Syrian Democratic Forces make steady advances". SYRIA:Direct. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Associated Press (11 June 2017). "US-Backed Syrian Fighters Seize Parts of IS 'Capital' Raqqa". Voice of America. Retrieved 16 June 2017.