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President Joe Biden confirmed Thursday that the anti-terrorist operation launched in northwestern Syria last night killed the leader of the Islamic State (IS), Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi.
“Last night at my direction, U.S. military forces in northwest Syria successfully undertook a counterterrorism operation to protect the American people and our Allies, and make the world a safer place. 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,” Biden announced in a statement.
Biden, who confirmed that all Americans who participated in the operation returned safely, justified this military action “to protect the American people” and their allies, and “make the world a safer place.”
The president is scheduled to speak this morning about this military operation, as reported in this statement.
The government announced last night that it had “successfully” carried out this operation in Idlib province, the last opposition stronghold in northwestern Syria.
The so-called White Helmets, a group of rescuers operating in the areas of Syria controlled by the opposition, raised to 13, including six minors, the number of victims in this action.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also confirmed in a statement the death of 13 people, including five children and three women, while three other bodies were “torn to pieces” and have not yet been identified.