The United States attacked Islamic State leaders in Syria twice in 24 hours

US forces dealt heavy blows against Islamic State in Syria.

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A terrorist group Islamic State suffered a new round of setbacks when forces of the United States Army attacked three key leaders of the terrorist organization in two operations in northern Syria in one day.

The United States confirmed the first operation, announcing that army special forces carried out a helicopter attack early Thursday near the northeastern village of Qamishli, in an area controlled by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

US Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees US forces in Syria and much of the Middle East, said the goal of the operationRakkan Wahid al-Shammri, he was killed and one of his associates was injured. Two other associates were captured.

US military and intelligence officials described al-Shammri as a longtime Islamic State operative who played a key role in smuggling weapons and fighters to support the terrorist group’s operations.

The US military later Thursday reported what may be an even bigger blow, launching a precision airstrike just after 6 p.m. local time in northern Syria, which resulted in the deaths of two other senior Islamic State officials.

CENTCOM reported that he died in the attack Abu-Hashum al-Umawi, described as one of the “top five” of the terror group, who served as deputy leader of ISIS in Syria. A second Islamic State official, Abu Mu’Ad al-Qahtani, responsible for the prisoners, was also killed.

The US strikes against IS come weeks after a top US counterterrorism official said the terror organization has been stuck in “survival mode,” unable, for now, to overcome relentless counterterrorism pressure from the United States. Joined.

The terror group “is no longer trying to attack the United States,” National Counterterrorism Center director Christine Abizaid said last month, pointing to a string of killings and arrests, beginning with the February raid that led to the death of former emir Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, also known as Hajji Abdallah.

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