The chief of IS has been killed throughout a raid by US Particular Forces in Syria.
Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was confirmed as considered one of 13 killed throughout a two-hour gun battle within the Syrian area of Idlib.
Throughout a press convention this afternoon, February 3, President Joe Biden confirmed that al-Qurayshi died after he detonated an explosive machine throughout the raid, additionally killing his spouse and two youngsters.
It’s understood that various different girls and youngsters had been additionally amongst these killed within the raid, which passed off in a single day on Wednesday, February 2.
Final evening at my route, U.S. army forces within the northwest Syria efficiently undertook a counterterrorism operation to guard the American individuals and our Allies, and make the world a safer place.
Because of the talent and bravado of our Armed Forces, we now have taken off the battlefield Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi—the chief of ISIS.
The operation was reportedly performed by US Central Command, which controls army exercise within the Center East. ‘All Individuals have returned safely from the operation,’ Biden confirmed.
CNN studies that locals witnessed shelling and explosions, in addition to machine-gun fireplace from three helicopters flying overhead, with airdropped US forces targetting a home in Atme – a city to the north of Idlib close to the Syrian-Turkish border.
The Pentagon had beforehand confirmed a ‘profitable’ mission within the space, however didn’t reveal the goal of the operation. The White Helmets – Syria’s volunteer civil defence group – stated that six youngsters and 4 girls had been amongst these killed alongside al-Qurayshi.
US forces have carried out various operations focusing on excessive profile jihadists within the Idlib area in latest months, The Guardian studies. The realm is the final insurgent stronghold in Syria opposing President Bashar al-Assad, and is known to be ruled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a gaggle led by forces previously affiliated with Al-Qaida in Syria.
It’s reported that the in a single day raid marks the largest-scale US operation in Idlib because the 2019 mission that killed the previous chief of IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Information of al-Qurayshi’s dying comes three months after the US confirmed its forces had killed senior Al-Qaida chief Abdul Hamid al-Matar in an airstrike within the Raqqa area of Syria.