US Claims Killing Top ISIL leader in Latest Syria Raid

Tue Apr 04 2023
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FLORIDA: The United States has claimed killing a senior leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) in Syria in a “unilateral strike”.

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) in a statement on Tuesday identified the man as Khalid Aydd Ahmad al-Jabouri.

CENTCOM said al-Jabouri “was responsible for planning ISIS attacks into Europe and developed the leadership structure” for the armed group.

His death will “temporarily disrupt the organisation’s ability to plot external attacks,” it added.

It said the raid that killed al-Jabouri was carried out on Monday.

CENTCOM said no civilians were killed or injured in the raid.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitor, said on Monday that one person was killed in a drone strike near the rebel-held village of Kefteen.

The opposition’s Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, said it evacuated the man from the attack site and he later succumbed to his wounds.

US strikes on Syria

The strike was the latest in a series of US attacks over the past few years targeting al-Qaida-linked militants and senior ISIS members in northwestern Syria.

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