Al-Baghdadi’s successor killed in Syria

Eric Sof

According to President Joe Biden, the leader of ISIS has been taken out in an overnight U.S. raid in northwestern Syria. The raid has left a dozen people dead, including Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraysh, the successor of notorious ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

In a statement posted Thursday morning, Biden announced: “Last night at my direction, U.S. military forces in northwest Syria successfully undertook a counterterrorism operation to protect the American people and our Allies, and make the world a safer place.”

He added: “Thanks to the skill and bravery of our Armed Forces, we have taken off the battlefield Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi—the leader of ISIS. All Americans have returned safely from the operation.”

The Associated Press reported that al-Qurayshi died in the raid. Biden said he would give more details later on Thursday morning.

U.S. Special Operations Forces carried out the two-hour raid in the small village of Atmeh inside the rebel-held Idlib province.

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