Islamic State leader snatched in Syria raid, US says

An Islamic State provincial administrator was taken in Syria on Saturday by helicopter-borne US troops working with Syrian Kurdish-led forces, according to the US military.

The US military’s Central Command stated that the IS officer, who went by the name of Batar, was “engaged in planning attacks on… detention camps and constructing improvised explosive devices.”

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The action, which was supported by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), did not result in the deaths or injuries of civilians or American personnel.

The attack was carried out a day after four American soldiers were hurt during a different raid to assassinate a senior IS group leader in northeastern Syria, according to CENTCOM.

An IS leader named Hamza al-Homsi was killed in that raid. According to CENTCOM, he “oversaw the group’s lethal terrorist network in eastern Syria.”

Washington is the leader of a global coalition fighting IS and regularly launches raids and strikes against the organization.

The IS remnants in Syria primarily withdrew into desert hideouts in the east of the nation after the jihadists lost their last area to regional Kurdish-led troops supported by the coalition in 2019.

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