Yesterday, the international coalition forces, backed by groups of The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), killed a senior Daesh leader, Abu al-Ward, after carrying out an air landing in the badiyah of Deir Ezzor east of the Euphrates, so who is “Abu al-Ward”?
After the killing of the group’s most prominent leader, Deir Ezzor 24 network investigated about Abu al-Ward and managed to get the following information:
Abu al-Ward is one of the most prominent leaders of Daesh who remained in Deir Ezzor, an Iraqi national who served as an Emir of al-Rikaz (ore) office, when the group was in control of large areas of Syria and Iraq. He had a close relationship with the organization’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He was imprisoned in late 2017 after a dispute between him and two security emirs in Deir Ezzor, but Al-Baghdadi himself intervened to get him out, and appointed him as an emir of the badiyah.
After the withdrawal of the organisation from Deir Ezzor, “Abu al-Ward” remained in the badiyah to be the first leader in Deir Ezzor, where he was active in recruiting cells for the organization, by directly supporting the “leaders” of the cells, in addition to financing operations in Deir Ezzor countryside (east of the Euphrates), and carrying out occasional campaigns to collect Zakat in the name of organization.
Abu al-Ward also played a big role in executing those whom he called as al-Gholat (the extremists) in Deir Ezzor, who wanted to defect from Al-Baghdadi in late 2017.
After more than two years of his activities in the badiyah of Deir Ezzor, during which he was involved in many assassinations and bombings in various areas of Deir Ezzor countryside (east of the Euphrates), Abu al-Ward was killed in a security operation by the international coalition, to join Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and other leaders of the organisation.