US military ground raid in Syria captures top ISIS leader
A rare ground attack by the US military in northwestern Syria has captured a top ISIS leader, according to the US-led anti-ISIS coalition.
A US defense official said there were no injuries to US military personnel or aircraft involved in the raid.
"Coalition forces detained a senior Daesh leader during an operation in Syria on June 16," Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement. "The detainee was identified as an experienced bomb maker and broker who became one of the group's senior leaders in Syria."
"The mission was carefully planned to minimize the risk of collateral damage, particularly potential harm to civilians," OIR said. "No civilians were injured during the operation, nor were any aircraft or coalition assets damaged."
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US military ground operations in northwestern Syria have targeted senior ISIS leaders, most notably Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who killed himself during an October 2019 raid near the border with Turkey carried out by the elite Delta Force .
His successor, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, detonated himself with an explosion during a similar raid in February this year.
"Coalition forces will continue to hunt down the remnants of Daesh wherever they hide to ensure their lasting defeat," added Operation Inherent Resolve.
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