Photo of Othman Al Nazih from ISIS social media.
KOBANE BORDER—A prominent leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) was killed in an airstrike in Kobani on Thursday, news reports said.
Social media pages of ISIS also confirmed the death of Othman Al Nazih, a Saudi national in the Kurdish city of Kobani on the Syria-Turkey border.
Al Nazih, was a professor at King Khalid University in Saudi Arabia before he was sacked on charges of membership in the al-Qaeda organization.
At the outset of the war in Syria Al Nazih traveled to that country and joined ISIS.
Soon he became a prominent leader and was posted to front in Kobani.
ISIS militants invaded the Kurdish city in early September in an attempt to capture the strategic border point, but they have been held back since by the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) with some support from Peshmerga forces and US airstrikes.
A US official reported last month that most of 1,400 ISIS militants lost in two months of fighting were killed in Kobani.