US President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that a US raid in Syria killed the leader of the Islamic State terrorist group, Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi,
“Last night at my direction, US military forces in northwest Syria successfully undertook a counterterrorism operation to protect the American people and our Allies, and make the world a safer place,” Biden said in a short statement.
Biden also thanked the skill and bravery of the US Armed Forces. “We have taken off the battlefield Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi—the leader of ISIS. All Americans have returned safely from the operation,” Biden added.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon on Thursday disclosed that US Special Forces conducted a successful large-scale counterterrorism raid in Idlib Governorate in northwestern Syria, the same province where the US conducted a strike that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi back in 2019.
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a brief statement that the mission was a “success” and there were no US casualties.
The operation was carried out in Idlib Governorate which is situated near the border with Turkey and is also considered as a stronghold and home to several terrorist groups and their top operatives.
The US did not report any casualties, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least nine civilians were killed in the raid. “Two children and a woman were among the dead,” it added.
Moreover, the Associated Press quoted several residents that they saw body parts scattered near the site of the raid.
The residents who spoke on condition of anonymity said the raid involved helicopters, explosions, and machine-gun fire.
The Pentagon said it would provide more information when it was available.
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