US captures top ISIS leader in Syria


US forces continue operations in Syria.

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According to the US-led coalition fighting ISIS, a rare US military ground incursion into northwestern Syria captured a top ISIS leader.

“Coalition forces detained a senior Daesh leader during an operation in Syria on June 16,” said “Operation Inherent Resolve” 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.”

A US official told ABC News that the name of the ISIS leader captured in the raid is Hani Ahmed al-Kurdi.

US ground military operations in northwestern Syria have targeted top ISIS leaders, notably Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who killed himself during an October 2019 raid near the Turkish border that led out the elite Delta Force.

His successor, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, blew himself up during a similar raid in February this year.

“Coalition forces will continue to hunt down Daesh remnants wherever they hide to ensure their lasting defeat,” Operation Inherent Resolve added. Daesh is another name used to describe ISIS.

The terror group was militarily defeated in Syria in 2019, and since then its leaders have gone into hiding to avoid attack by US forces.

However, ISIS fighters maintain a low-level insurgency in Iraq and Syria, and the group continues to inspire its followers in the West to commit violent attacks.

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