Personnel of the 51st squadron Immelmann enter an Airbus A400M military aircraft before taking off from the German army Bundeswehr airbase in Jagel, northern Germany, December 10, 2015.AFP PHOTO / CARMEN JASPERSEN
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Daesh's finance chief has been confirmed killed in a coalition air raid last month, U.S. officials said Thursday.Abu Saleh was killed in late November, U.S. military spokesman Col. Steve Warren said in a video conference from Baghdad, calling him "one of the most senior and experienced members" of the group's financial network. In London, the U.S. Treasury's acting undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes, Adam Szubin, said Daesh derived most of its funding from economic activity in the territory it controls.On the ground in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Daesh Thursday recaptured two areas in central Syria from government forces.The two areas had previously been held by Daesh, but in late November the army and pro-regime militias were able to recapture them. Abdel-Rahman said fierce fighting was raging between regime forces and Daesh in the hills around the two areas. The Christian town of Sadad, some 18 kilometers from the city of Homs in central Syria, had been preparing for the possibility of a Daesh assault before regime forces recaptured Maheen and Hawareen.
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