WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Joe Biden mentioned Thursday that the chief of the Islamic State group had been “taken off the battlefield” throughout a raid by US forces in Syria.
“Final night time at my path, US army forces in northwest Syria efficiently undertook a counterterrorism operation to guard the American folks and our allies, and make the world a safer place,” Biden mentioned in an announcement.
“Due to the ability and bravado of our Armed Forces, we’ve taken off the battlefield Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi — the chief of ISIS,” Biden added, utilizing one other acronym for IS.
A senior US official mentioned Qurashi had blown himself up throughout a nighttime airborne raid by US particular forces in northwestern Syria.
The bomb Qurashi detonated additionally killed members of his circle of relatives, together with ladies and kids, the official mentioned.
Biden, who was because of make public remarks early Thursday on the raid, added that no US servicemen had been wounded through the operation.
The operation, through which Kurdish forces additionally took half, was performed within the Idlib area the place Qurashi’s better-known predecessor Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in an identical raid in 2019.
Qurashi, who was also called Amir Mohammed Mentioned Abd al-Rahman al-Mawla, changed Baghdadi after his demise in a US raid in October 2019.
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