BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. navy mentioned Friday a helicopter raid led by its forces in northeast Syria left a senior chief with the Islamic State group lifeless and 4 American service members wounded.
The navy added within the brief assertion that the operation was carried out Thursday evening in partnership with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces which is allied with the U.S.
It added that “an explosion on course resulted in 4 U.S. service members and one working canine wounded.” It didn’t say through which a part of northeast Syria the raid was carried out.
It recognized the killed IS commander as Hamza al-Homsi.
Regardless of their defeat in Syria in March 2019, IS sleeper cells nonetheless conduct assaults round Syria and Iraq the place they as soon as declared a “caliphate.”
Joint operations between the U.S. navy and SDF fighters are frequent in northeast and japanese Syria alongside the border with Iraq.
The assertion mentioned the service members and dealing canine are receiving remedy in a U.S. medical facility in neighboring Iraq.
The U.S. navy killed two IS leaders in Syria over the previous few years.
In February 2021, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, was killed in a U.S. raid in northwest Syria. IS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was hunted down by the Individuals in a raid in October 2019.
In October, the chief of IS, A bu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, was killed in battle with Syrian rebels in southern Syria.