Key Islamic State financier killed in coalition air strike in Syria
A number of al-Rawi's close associates have been killed including Samir Idris, a key fianancial facilitator for the Islamic State, who was killed on June 7, 2017 in Syria. (Representative image) Photograph: (Reuters)
Coalition forces have killed a key Islamic State financier in an airstrike in Syria's Abu Kamal on June 16, according to a statement issued by the Joint Task Force.
Fawaz Muhammad Jubayr al-Rawi, a Syria native, owned the Hanifa Currency Exchange in Abu Kamal which he used to move millions of dollars for the terror organisation.
The United States Department of Treasury had imposed sanctions on Hanifa Currency Exchange's branch in Abu Kamal in 2016.
The US Department of Treasury designated al-Rawi for providing financial and material support to Islamic State. Al-Rawi pledged loyalty to Islamic State in 2014. His network was used by the terror organisation to conduct weapons deals.
Coalition forces have been targeting Islamic State's financial network which has severely impaired the terror orgainstaion's ability to move reources and export terrorism.
"The Coalition's efforts to disrupt and attack ISIS's financial networks have restricted the terror group's ability to move resources and export terrorism," the statement released by Combined Joint Task Force said.
A number of al-Rawi's close associates have been killed including Samir Idris, a key fianancial facilitator for the Islamic State, who was killed on June 7, 2017 in Syria.