The United States has launched airstrikes in northwestern Syria. The head of the Islamic State (IS), Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi, was killed. US President Joe Biden made the announcement on Thursday (February 3rd). News from the BBC.
In a statement, Biden thanked the troops for their support. He also confirmed that everyone had returned to the country safely after the operation.
The first response from Syria said 13 people, including six children, had been killed in a U.S. operation in the rebel-held city of Atmeh.
A number of U.S. helicopters landed in the war-torn northern province of Idlib around midnight on Thursday, local time. According to local sources, the troops faced stiff resistance. They were shot at. There was a two-hour exchange of fire before US forces returned.
Earlier, in October 2019, US forces killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, an IS leader, during a raid on a hideout just 18 kilometers from Atmeh. It is thought to be the country’s largest operation in northwestern Syria since then.