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Top ISIS Leader and Former Al-Qaeda Commander Killed in Syria

On Sunday, a former Al-Qaeda operative that defected to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in 2013 has been reportedly killed by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) during their military operations inside the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside.

The terrorist was identified as ‘Adnan Al-‘Atawi (AKA “Abu Salim Al-Tabouki”) of Saudi Arabia – he was a prominent member of Al-Qaeda that reportedly participated in many of their foreign operations, including the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.

In 2011, ‘Adnan Al-‘Atawi was arrested by the Saudi authorities for his Al-Qaeda connections and sent to the Al-Salouliyah Prison; however, he was subsequently released the following year and returned to his position with Al-Qaeda.

While jihading in Syria, Al-‘Atawi decided to defect from Jabhat Al-Nusra and join their former ally – ISIS – after both groups split apart.

Oddly enough, ‘Adnan Al-‘Atawi had allegedly visited his family in Saudi Arabia a number of times over the last two years, despite his role with the terrorist group in Syria.

His death was reported by members of ISIS on Monday after his body was retrieved from the Kuweires Military Airport front; this was ‘Adnan Al-‘Atawi’s primary location while operating inside Syria.

Why the Saudi government decided to release this prominent terrorist from their prison system is unknown.


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