Syria war: U.S. ground troops kill 'leading IS member'

22 April, 2017, 01:39 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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This image taken from a militant website July 5, 2014, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

U.S. military forces said the militant was a close associate of ISIS leaderr Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

A Daesh operative linked to the deadly New Year's Eve attack on Istanbul's Reina nightclub was killed in a USA land raid in Syria, the United States military's Central Command said on Friday.

John Thomas (USAF) said operative Abdurakhmon Uzbeki died in an airstrike near al Mayadin, Syria, during the first week of April.

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At the time, Carter told the House Armed Services Committee that "in full coordination with the government of Iraq, we're deploying a specialized Expeditionary Targeting Force to assist Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and to put even more pressure" on ISIS.

"We have a campaign against leaders of ISIS and a campaign against the leaders of al-Qaeda", said Thomas.

"These special operators will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence and capture" ISIS leaders, Carter said.

Uzbeki's presence in al Mayadin seems to reinforce information from US officials that senior ISIS leaders have escaped Raqqa, the de facto ISIS capital in Syria, heading towards areas of the Euphrates River Valley.

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