U.S. forces in the dark took out the leader of the Syrian ISIS terrorist group on February 2, US President Joe Biden announced Thursday.
Operations in northwestern Syria killed ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi Alkreishi.
The deceased was appointed head of a radical group on October 31, 2019, shortly after the death of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a US raid in the same area.
Biden said in a statement that the operation was “to protect the American people and allies and make the world a safer place.”
No American was killed in the attack.
According to witnesses, US special forces landed on a helicopter, attacking a house in a corner controlled by Syrian rebels and clashing with armed groups for two hours. Residents described the ongoing shootings and explosions that shook the town of Atme near the Turkish border, dotted with camps for internally displaced persons from the Syrian civil war.
First responders reported that 13 people were killed, including six children and four women.
Biden, along with Vice President Kamala Harris and a senior national security aide, monitored a live feed of surgery from the White House’s Situation Room, officials said.
Biden will speak about what happened later on Thursday.
Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.), A member of the Senate Military Commission, said the operation was promised by Biden in 2021 by ISIS leaders responsible for the deaths of 13 U.S. forces in Kabul, Afghanistan. He said it was a realization of what he had done. Will pay.
“Our army protects us every day and we are grateful to them,” he said in a statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.