Jun 15, 2022 - World

ISIS leader captured in U.S.-led raid in Syria

A masked Islamic State soldier poses holding the ISIL banner somewhere in the deserts of Iraq or Syria. ISIL publicity image, 2015.

A masked Islamic State fighter holding the ISIS banner somewhere in the deserts of Iraq or Syria. Photo: Pictures from History/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

A senior leader of the Islamic State militant group has been captured in Syria during a U.S.-led coalition raid, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

Driving the news: "The detained individual was assessed to be an experienced bomb maker and facilitator who became one of the group's top leaders in Syria," per a statement from the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, which noted no civilian or military member was harmed during the operation.

  • "The mission was meticulously planned to minimize the risk of collateral damage, particularly any potential harm to civilians," the statement added.
  • The statement did not name the ISIS leader who was detained on Thursday local time.

The big picture: Other U.S.-led military ground operations in northwestern Syria that have targeted ISIS leaders include a 2019 raid that resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and an operation last February in which Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was killed.

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