Predator Drone 1, ISIS Boss 0
Abu al Umarayn, a senior ISIS leader who was involved in the brutal murder of former U.S. Army Ranger Peter Kassig, was killed in a drone strike in Syria on Sunday, the U.S.-led coalition said.
The leader, along with "several other ISIS members," were killed in precision drone strikes in Syria's Badiyah Desert, coalition spokesperson Col. Sean Ryan said in a statement.
"Al Umarayn had given indications of posing an imminent threat to Coalition Forces and he was involved in the killing of American Citizen and former U.S. Army Ranger, Peter Kassig," officials said. "He has been linked to and directly involved with executing several other prisoners as a senior ISIS member."
The statement continued, "Coalition airstrikes continue to disrupt ISIS command and control on the battlefield as we remove key figures from their ranks.”
After serving with honor and distinction in the War on Terror, Kassig returned to the Middle East to provide humanitarian aid to civilians fleeing the Syrian Civil War.
Following Kassig's capture, ISIS released graphic video in showing his beheading.