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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