ISIS chief killed in US drone strike in Syria, officials claim

A US drones strike has killed an IS group leader in Syria, officials claim.

It came after the three MQ-9 Reapers were harassed for two hours by Russian military jets over the western part of the country, Washington says.

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The encounters happened when they were searching for the militant on Friday.

Shortly after, the drones struck and killed Usamah al-Muhajir, who was riding a motorcycle in the Aleppo region, said a US defence official.

It was not immediately clear how the US military confirmed the person killed was al-Muhajir.

US Central Command said in a statement yesterday there were no indications any civilians were killed in the strike.

Friday was the third day in a row that US officials complained Russian fighter jets in the region had made unsafe and harassing flights around drones.

A spokesman said the planes “flew 18 unprofessional close passes that caused the MQ-9s to react to avoid unsafe situations”.

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