Leader of ISIS Daraa affiliate, Abu Hashim, killed during unclaimed airstrike

In the morning hours of June 28th, an alleged airstrike on the village of Jalin in western Daraa, killed Abu Hashim ar-Rifa'i, the leader of Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid, an ISIS affiliated-group that controls the area. Eleven people including five other commanders, named Abu Hamza, Abu Madin, Abu Qasurah, Abu 'Ubaydah ash-Shami, and Ahmad al-Ghazi. Jalin is an active frontline position between the ISIS-affiliate and opposition factions active in Daraa. The frontline experienced heavy clashes in the last few days. This local ISIS-affiliate came to life in May 2016, when several factions in the area merged under the Jaish Khalid ibn al-Walid banner. 

Picture of the killed ISIS commander, Abu Hashim ar-Rifa'i

Picture of the killed ISIS commander, Abu Hashim ar-Rifa'i

As of this writing, the airstrike has not been acknowledged in either of the International Coalition or the Russian Ministry of Defense's press releases. Sources point to planes possibly coming from Jordan and therefore indicating that the Coalition is responsible for the strike, but this could not have been confirmed so far. 

Abu Hashim's death as leader of Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid came less than a month after being appointed as the group's leader,  following its first leader's, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi (no relation), death in a Coalition airstrike in early June. Since Abu Hashim's death yesterday, the ISIS affiliate has announced a new leader, the third one in a single month, named Abu Tamim al-Ja'uni.