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2022-02-03 22:18:00

A broken constructing is seen in the aftermath of a counter-terrorism mission carried out by the U.S. Particular Operations Forces in Atmeh, Syria, February 3, 2022. — Reuters/File
  • Biden says goal of raid was IS leader.
  • US official says Quraishi killed.
  • Northwestern Syria is haven for a number of extremist teams.

AMMAN/WASHINGTON: A Deash leader died in a US particular forces raid in northern Syria on Thursday when he detonated a bomb that killed him and relations, the US administration stated.

Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi had led the group because the loss of life of its founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was additionally killed when he detonated explosives throughout a US raid in 2019.

“Thanks to the skill and bravery of our armed forces, we have taken off the battlefield…the leader of Deash. All Americans have returned safely from the operation,” US President Joe Biden stated in an announcement.

Quraishi had remained largely in the shadows since succeeding Baghdadi who led the group on the top of its self-declared caliphate, when it managed swathes of Syria and Iraq and dominated over thousands and thousands of individuals.

Since its defeat on the battlefield almost three years in the past, the group has been waging rebel assaults in Iraq and Syria.

A senior US administration official instructed Reuters Quraishi was killed in the raid.

“At the beginning of the operation the terrorist target exploded a bomb that killed him and members of his own family, including women and children,” the official stated.

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby earlier described Thursday’s raid as a profitable counter-terrorism mission, saying there have been no US casualties.

Syrian rescue employees stated not less than 13 individuals together with six youngsters and 4 ladies had been killed by clashes and explosions that erupted after the raid started, focusing on a home in the Atmeh space close to the Turkish border.

US army procedures to protect towards civilian casualties are at present below scrutiny following a high-profile mistaken drone strike in Afghanistan that the Pentagon initially hailed a hit.

Various militant teams with hyperlinks to al Qaeda function in northwestern Syria, the final main bastion of rebels combating President Bashar al-Assad in the decade-long Syrian struggle. Deash leaders have additionally hidden out in the world.

Residents stated helicopters landed and heavy gunfire and explosions had been heard throughout the raid that started round midnight. US forces used loud audio system to warn ladies and kids to depart the world, they stated.

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