Rare US military ground raid in A senior ISIS leader has been captured in northwestern Syria, according to the US-led counter-ISIS organization. coalition.
USA defense official said there were no injuries in the US military personnel and no aircraft damage in raid.
“Coalition forces have detained senior Daesh leader during an operation in Syria, June 16, ”Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement. in statement. “The detainee was assessed as an experienced bomb maker and middleman who became one of in group top leaders in Syria.”
USA official told ABC News name of ISIS leader captured in the raid is Hani Ahmed al-Kurdi, who described him as actively planning ISIS operations.
“Although degraded, ISIS remains the threat. We remain dedicated to his defeat. Yesterday’s operation took a senior ISIS operator off in battlefield demonstrates our commitment to safety of Middle East and permanent defeat of ISIS,” said General Eric Kurilla, commander of US Central Command, in statement provided by ABC News.
US military ground raids into northwestern Syria are risky because they out far west of US bases in eastern Syria in territories controlled either by extremists or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad government.
” mission has been carefully planned to minimize risk of collateral damage, in particular any potential harm to the civilian population,” the OIR said in a statement. assets.”
US military ground operations in in northwestern Syria targeted senior ISIS leaders, most notably Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who committed suicide during a raid in October 2019 near the border with Turkey being carried out Elite Delta Squad.
His successor Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi blew himself up with explosion during a similar raid in February of this year.
“Coalition forces will continue work with our partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces and Iraqi Security Forces, including the Peshmerga, to hunt for the remnants of Daesh wherever they hide ensure The permanent defeat of DAISH”, Operation “Inner Resolve”. added. DAISH is another name used to describe ISIS.
terror group suffered a military defeat in Syria in 2019 and since then, its leaders have been hiding to avoid being attacked by US troops.
However, ISIS militants maintain a low level of insurgency. in Iraq and Syria, as well as group continues to inspire followers in West to commit furious attacks.
In January, ISIS carried out its largest operation since its military defeat like hundreds of ISIS militants tried to free thousands of terrorist fighters detained in prison in Hasaka in northeast Syria.
after 10 days of In heavy fighting, US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces were able to recapture the prison with US airstrikes, although several hundred ISIS prisoners are believed to have managed to escape.
Kurdish forces said 374 ISIS fighters were killed in the assassination attempt. prison break.