February 2, 2023

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In northwestern Syria: IS leader killed in US attack

Status: 03.02.2022 3:07 pm

According to the White House, the leader of the IS terrorist militants was killed in a US-led offensive in northwestern Syria. President Biden ordered the move last night.

According to the White House, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, the leader of the IS terrorist group, was killed while stationing US forces in Syria. “Last night, on my orders, US forces successfully carried out counter-terrorism operations in northwestern Syria to protect the American people and our allies and make the world a safer place,” said US President Joe Biden. Al-Hashimi was fired “thanks to the skill and courage of our armed forces.”

A U.S. official says al-Hashimi blew himself up at the start of a US operation and killed “his family members, including women and children.” He succeeded Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a US-led operation in northwestern Syria in 2019.

Apparently many dead civilians

Biden added that not all Americans involved in the operation were affected. During the day he announced that he would be contacting American citizens and giving information about the operation.

Prior to Biden’s report, the Pentagon and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had already reported on a U.S. mission in northwestern Syria. The Observatory said 13 people were killed, including seven civilians, including four children. The first respondents said they had six children and four women.

Eyewitnesses to the attack said

Locals and activists said a major ground attack and U.S. forces used loudspeakers to force women and children out of the area. They described it as the largest military operation since the October 2019 assassination of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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The U.S.-led coalition forces’ helicopter landed in the area and attacked a house, the watchdog said. There was a clash with the militants on the ground.

A number of civilians are said to have been killed in the US attack.

Image: dpa

IS tried to strengthen again

Large parts of the northwestern province of Idlib are controlled by militants with Turkish support. However, the area is also a stronghold of the Al Qaeda terrorist organization. Other militant extremists have also taken refuge in the area.

The operation comes amid efforts by the Islamic State terrorist group to re-emerge in the region. He has recently carried out several attacks in the region. In the biggest IS attack since the fall of the caliphate declared by the terrorist group in 2019, a prison in northeastern Syria was attacked to free the IS members imprisoned there.