Pentagon: The leader of the Islamic State was killed by the Free Syrian Army
“The death of Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Quraishi is another blow to ISIS. This operation was carried out by the Free Syrian Army in Syria’s Daraa province,” Col. Joe Buccino, spokesman for CENTCOM, said in a statement. He added that despite the death of its leader, the Islamic State remains a threat to the region, and the US and partners remain focused on defeating the jihadists.
No further details of the operation were given. As a representative of the US armed forces, quoted by Reuters, said, no American soldiers took part in it. The Free Syrian Army is a group opposed to the government of Bashar al-Assad. In territory controlled by the Syrian opposition is the US garrison of al-Tanf in eastern Syria.
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USA: We welcome this information
The Islamic State announced the death of its leader on Wednesday via Telegram. The message stated that he died “fighting the enemies of God.”
John Kirby, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, commented on the news. “We welcome the news that the next leader of the Islamic State is no longer walking the earth,” he said.
This is the second IS leader to be killed in 2022. The late Abu al-Hasan al-Hashemi al-Quraishi took over the reins of the organization after the death of Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi, who died by blowing up himself and his family in February during a US airstrike in northwestern Syria.
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