US forces kill ISIS leader in Syria

Posted on February 03, 2022, 2:27 pm
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WASHINGTON: Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi has been killed in a US military raid in Syria.

US President Joe Biden announced the killing in a statement, saying: “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 he will address the American people later today, adding: “May God protect our troops.”

US special forces landed in helicopters and assaulted a house in a rebel-held corner of Syria, clashing for two hours with gunmen, witnesses said.

The commandos were aided by helicopter gunships, armed Reaper drones and attack jets.

The ISIS leader ultimately detonated a bomb that killed him and members of his family during the US raid, according to media reports.

Six children and four women were also killed in the raid that led to the killing of the ISIS leader.

Al-Qurayshi was previously a senior member in ISIS’ predecessor organization, al-Qaida in Iraq, before joining the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

He rose through the ranks of the terror group before he was named its leader in October 2019, a few days after his predecessor, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed during a US raid.

Under the Trump administration, the United States doubled the bounty for the new ISIS leader to $10 million.

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