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Islamic State conflict: Senior commander killed in US raid in Syria

A senior Islamic State (IS) member has been killed and his wife captured in a raid in eastern Syria by US special forces.

Abu Sayyaf, who helped direct oil, gas and financial operations for IS, as well as holding a military role, was killed when he engaged US forces, according to a Pentagon statement.

The operation in al-Amr was authorised by President Barack Obama and was carried out by forces based in Iraq.

The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan says Abu Sayyaf oversaw IS's "illicit oil and gas operations" - a key source of the group's funding.

  • 16 May 2015
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