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US forces arrested a senior Islamic State operative who defense officials say is an experienced bomb-maker during an operation in Syria on Thursday.
“The mission was meticulously planned to minimize the risk of collateral damage, especially any potential harm to civilians,” Operation Inherent Resolve, the US-led coalition against ISIS, said in a statement. .
“No civilians were injured during the operation, nor any damage to Coalition aircraft or property.”
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The captured Islamic State leader has been identified as Hani Ahmed al-Kurdi, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing US officials.
He would also be known as the “Wali of Raqqa”.
Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi detonated a suicide vest and killed himself in northwestern Syria earlier this year during a US special operations counterterrorism mission
Prior to that, another former Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, killed himself in northern Syria in October 2019 when US special operations forces entered a compound where he was staying.
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“Coalition forces will continue to hunt the remnants of Daesh wherever they hide to ensure their lasting defeat,” Operation Inherent Resolve said.