The U.S. military said Friday that a helicopter raid in northeast Syria led by its forces killed a top ISIS leader named Hamza al-Homsi and hurt four American soldiers and a working dog.
A U.S. official said Homsi blew up a suicide vest, which hurt four Americans and a dog. They are being flown to Landstuhl, which is in Germany.
In a short statement, the military said that the operation took place Thursday night in cooperation with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is an ally of the U.S. Col. Joe Buccino, a spokesman for U.S. Centcom, said that Homsi was in charge of ISIS’s terrorist network in eastern Syria.
A Tweet From the U.S. Central Command Official Account Remarked, “Senior ISIS Leader Killed”-
ISIS Senior Leader Killed and Four U.S. Servicemembers Wounded in Helicopter Raid in Northeastern Syria pic.twitter.com/j2a8IWsQw2
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) February 17, 2023
Buccino said that the Americans and the dog are in good health. Buccino says that no other ISIS fighters were killed or taken prisoner and that no SDF troops were hurt. We know that there were no civilian deaths or injuries during the operation.
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The U.S. military wouldn’t say where in northeast Syria the raid happened. Even though ISIS was defeated in Syria in March 2019, sleeper cells still attacked Syria and Iraq, where they once had a “caliphate.”
Along the border between Syria and Iraq, the U.S. military and SDF fighters often work together in the northeast and east. The statement said that the service members and the working dog are getting care at a U.S. hospital in Iraq, which is close by.
Over the past few years, the U.S. military has killed two ISIS leaders in Syria. Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi died in a U.S. raid in northwest Syria in February 2021. In October 2019, the Americans went on a raid to look for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS.
Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, the leader of ISIS, was killed in an October battle with Syrian rebels in southern Syria.
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