At least 26 militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) were killed during an air strike by the Syrian air force on Saturday
According to the Syrian Observatory, among the killed militants were two commanders from the radical group.
Syrian state media reported the death of one of the Islamic State commanders killed in the air strike. It identified him as one of the group’s self-declared provincial governors, Deeb Hedijan al-Otaibi.
Islamic State supporters circulated a statement on Twitter announcing the “martyrdom” of the same man, together with photos showing him dead and alive. Otaibi was also identified as Abi Ammar al-Jazrawi, likely to be his nom de guerre.
“A total of 26 Islamic State militants were killed in the air strike near the town of Hamadi Omar, some 50 km (30 miles) southeast of the city of Hama,” the Observatory reported.
Syrian state media said a convoy of dozens of military vehicles had also been destroyed in the air strike.
A U.S.-led alliance that is bombing Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq has rejected the idea of partnering with President Bashar al-Assad in the fight against the group, describing him as part of the problem.
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