Breaking: Deaths Reported in US Military Operation in Syria

Published February 3rd, 2022 - 07:03 GMT
Deaths Reported in US Military Operation in Syria
Syrians gather on February 3, 2022 at the scene following an overnight raid by US special operations forces against suspected jihadists in northwestern Syria which left at least nine people dead, including three civilians. (Photo by Aaref WATAD / AFP)

United States Special Forces carried out a major operation to apprehend ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi in northwest Syria in the early hours of Feb. 3, 2022.

President Biden later announced the purpose of the operation which was initially unknown. He wrote, "Last night at my direction, U.S. military forces successfully undertook a counterterrorism operation. Thanks to the bravery of our Armed Forces, we have removed from the battlefield Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi - the leader of ISIS."

In addition to killing Al-Qurayshi, 13 other people were reportedly killed during the operation including six children and four women. Helicopters fired on houses and other structures as a fierce firefight broke out in the Syrian town Atimah.

And while the Pentagon said there were no U.S. casualties, reports of civilian deaths continue to rise as more information of the aftermath becomes available.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported U.S. helicopters transported personnel into position around midnight. Then, statements in Arabic were blasted from loudspeakers mounted to the helicopters warning women and children in the area to evacuate.

Later in the night fighting broke out as U.S. soldiers and air support fired on houses in the town while militants fired back with rocket-propelled grenades and other arms.

Video recordings posted on Twitter around 2 a.m. show the fighting raging in the distance.



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