According to a report from ABC News, the U.S. Military has successfully conducted a ground raid in northwestern Syria that captured top ISIS leader; “a U.S. defense official said there were no injuries to U.S. military personnel and no damage to aircraft involved in the raid,” ABC reported.
“Coalition forces detained a senior Daesh leader during an operation in Syria June 16,” Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement. “The detained individual was assessed to be an experienced bomb maker and facilitator who became one of the group’s top leaders in Syria.”
“The mission was meticulously planned to minimize the risk of collateral damage, particularly any potential harm to civilians,” OIR said. “There were no civilians harmed during the operation nor any damage to Coalition aircraft or assets.”
“A U.S. official told ABC News the name of the ISIS leader captured in the raid is Hani Ahmed al-Kurdi and described him as actively planning ISIS operations,” ABC continues.
“Though degraded, ISIS remains a threat. We remain dedicated to its defeat. Last night’s operation, which took a senior ISIS operator off the battlefield, demonstrates our commitment to the security of the Middle East and to the enduring defeat of ISIS,” said Gen. Erik Kurilla, the commander of U.S. Central Command, in a statement provided to ABC News.
NEW: A rare U.S. military ground raid in northwestern Syria has captured a top ISIS leader, according to the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition.
A U.S. defense official said there were no injuries to U.S. military personnel or aircraft involved in the raid. https://t.co/otg9R6XHyW
— ABC News (@ABC) June 16, 2022