Peter Kassig (Fundrazr)

An ISIS leader who took part in the abduction and beheading of a US veteran has been killed in Syria by way of drone strike, according to a NATO coalition spokesman.

Coalition spokesman Colonel Sean Ryan reported the death of Abu al-Umarayn, who was killed over the weekend by ordnance released by a US drone.

Al-Umarayn played a major role in the kidnapping and murder of Peter Kassig, a former US Army Ranger turned aid worker.

“Al-Umarayn had given indications of posing an imminent threat to coalition forces and he was involved in the killing of American citizen and former US Army Ranger, Peter Kassig,” Ryan told reporters. “He has been linked to and directly involved with executing several other prisoners as a senior ISIS member. Coalition airstrikes continue to disrupt ISIS command and control on the battlefield as we remove key figures from their ranks.”

According to Express, the Kassig was working as an aid worker in Syria when he was abducted in 2013, and was killed after ISIS executed British aid worker Alan Henning.

Since being defeated in Iraq and Syria, ISIS has been forced to recede from their once large caliphate, and are currently being targeted in their few remaining Middle Eastern strongholds.

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