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US ‘removed’ Daesh leader al-Qurashi ‘from battlefield’ in overnight raid in Syria, Biden says

On Thursday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby announced that US Spec Ops forces had successfully completed a counterterrorism operation in Idlib province, northwestern Syria. At least a dozen people, including civilians, are reported to have died in the raid.

The United States has eliminated Daesh’s* top commander, President Joe Biden has announced.

“Thanks to the skill and bravery of our Armed Forces, we have taken off the battlefield Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi- the leader of ISIS. All Americans have returned safely from the operation,”

Biden said in a statement Thursday.

Al-Qurashi, 45, was dubbed the second ‘caliph’ of the Islamic State, aka ISIS, aka Daesh, a terrorist group outlawed across the globe, after its first leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a US raid in October 2019, also in Idlib province.

US commandos descended on the village of Atmeh, situated in Turkish-backed rebel held Idlib, aboard helicopter gunships in the early hours of 3 February, killing al-Qurashi and at least a dozen other people, including civilians, according to media reports.

The Biden administration admits that civilians were killed in the operation, but alleges that they died after an explosive device was set off by militants during the raid.

Source: Sputnik