The US military announced on Friday that it had killed a senior leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in a raid in Syria, adding that four soldiers were injured in Thursday night’s operation. “The target, a senior ISIS official, Hamza al-Homsi, was killed,” read the brief statement from the US Middle East Military Command (Centcom).
The four soldiers who were hit by an explosion in this attack in northeastern Syria are being treated in Iraq. A working dog involved in the operation was also injured, the statement said. Since ISIS’ territorial defeat in Syria in 2019, hundreds of American soldiers stationed in northeast Syria as part of the anti-jihad coalition have continued to fight with the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and target suspected ISIS from members.
On February 10, another operation carried out jointly with the FDS led to the confiscation of weapons and the death of another IS official. In 2022, two other leaders of the group were killed, one in February by American special forces in the northwest and the other in October by former rebels from Deraa province (south) who were supported by the government system. In October 2019, the United States announced the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during an American operation in northwestern Syria.