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US forces kill ISIS leader, al-Qurayshi, in Syria

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The United States special forces on Wednesday killed the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, during a raid in Syria North-West.

The U.S. President, Joe Biden, who confirmed the development in a statement on Thursday in Washington, said al-Qurayshi was killed in a counterterrorism mission in the Middle East nation.

The statement read: “Last night at my direction, U.S. military forces in North-West Syria successfully undertook a counterterrorism operation to protect the American people and our Allies, and make the world a safer place.

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“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.”

Al-Qurayshi was the ISIS leader in November 2019 following the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by US troops the previous month.9

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