Although the goal of peacekeeping is to ensure that no attacks will be carried out in the future, the killing of Islamic State leader Maher al-Agal significantly contributed to the weakening of the terrorist organization.

According to US President Joe Biden, an airstrike carried out by the US military on Tuesday resulted in the death of a senior member of the Islamic State. A drone strike in Jindayris, located in the northwestern part of Syria, resulted in the death of Maher al-Agal, who the Pentagon recognized as one of the top five leaders of the Islamic State and as the head of the Islamic State in Syria.

“His death in Syria takes a key terrorist off the field and significantly degrades the ability of [the Islamic State] to plan, resource, and conduct their operations in the region,” the White House noted.

President Biden spoke with President Ghani today, affirming U.S. support for continued development, humanitarian and security assistance in Afghanistan, and a political settlement that lets the Afghan people live in peace. (Source: The White House, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

The United States Central Command stated in a news release that the strike that killed Agal also fatally wounded an unnamed senior official of the Islamic State. Agal was the primary target of the strike carried out last July 12. Although it was not immediately feasible to validate such information, the Pentagon stated that an “initial review” suggested there were no civilian casualties during the operation.