US-led coalition forces said they captured a senior leader of the Islamic State (IS), also known as Daesh terrorist group in a military operation in northern Syria on Thursday.
The coalition in a statement said that man was “an experienced bomb maker and operational facilitator,” describing him as one of the top leaders of the Daesh’s Syria branch.
“The operation was successful, no civilians were harmed nor were there injuries to coalition forces or damage to coalition aircraft or assets,” the statement said, without disclosing the identity of the IS leader.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the coalition forces were dropped by two helicopters in al-Hamira village in northern Aleppo countryside, which is nearly four kilometers away from Turkish borders.
SOHR reported that clashes took place between unknown gunmen hiding in houses in the village, as they were chased by members of the coalition.
The military operations took place in areas controlled by Turkish forces and their backed-factions.
The US-backed forces (Syrian Democratic Forces and the Iraqi Security Forces) declared victory over the IS in March 2019, but the group still continues to operate and carry out deadly attacks in Iraq and Syria through sleeper cells.
In February, IS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi blew himself up along with his family members after US forces raided his hideout in Syria.
Al-Qurayshi’s predecessor, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, took similar action by detonating a suicide vest in a tunnel in northwest Syria during US military operation.
“Coalition forces will continue to work with our partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Iraqi Security Forces, including the Peshmerga, to hunt the remnants of Daesh wherever they hide to ensure Daesh’s enduring defeat,” coalition statement reads.
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