The leader of the extremist group "Islamic State" (IS) Abu al-Hassan al-Hashemi al-Qureishi was killed in an operation by the rebel Free Syrian Army in mid-October in the Syrian province of Daraa, a spokesman for the US military said, quoted by Reuters. BTA.

No US military was involved in the operation, he noted.

IS yesterday released an audio message on Telegram saying the group's leader had "died fighting the enemies of God" and that Hussein al-Husseini al-Qureishi had been chosen as his successor, without releasing further details.

According to Hassan Hassan, who has authored a book on the terrorist group, it is no longer as strong.

"That doesn't mean it's over, but for now it remains a shadow of its former state."

"They don't have such iconic and charismatic leaders anymore, and they haven't carried out major attacks lately," Hassan added. 

The White House welcomes the news that Abu al-Hassan al-Hashemi al-Qureishi has been killed, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters.