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ISIS Leader ‘Taken Off The Battlefield,’ Says Biden

The Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was killed in northwest Syria.

The U.S. President, Joe Biden, on Wednesday, Feb. 3, confirmed the killing of Islamic State leader, Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, in a U.S. military night raid in northwestern Syria. 

“Last night at my direction, U.S. military forces successfully undertook a counterterrorism operation,” said Biden in a statement.

He added that “we have removed from the battlefield Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi — the leader of ISIS.”

According to the New York Times report, the helicopter-borne assault was carried out by about two dozen American commandos, backed by helicopter gunships, armed Reaper drones, and attack jets.

The ISIS leader took over after the killing of his predecessor, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in an Oct. 2019 raid in northwest Syria. 

During his address from the White House, former U.S. President, Donald Trump, said al-Baghdadi killed himself and three of his children after detonating a suicide vest. 

The appointment of al-Qurayshi by the Shura Council led to pledges of allegiance across ISIS affiliates including in Northeast Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin.

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Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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