3 Feb 2022

Islamic State leader killed in US special forces raid in Syria, president says

Washington Correspondent

The leader of the militant Islamic State group has died after US special forces carried out a pre-dawn raid in north-west Syria, according to the US President Joe Biden.

President Biden said Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi had detonated a device which killed himself and members of his family – declaring “thanks to the bravery of our troops, this horrible terrorist leader is no more”.

Rescue workers said at least 13 people were killed during the operation, including women and children.

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