A prominent member of the Islamic State organization was killed in a drone attack conducted by the American-led coalition in Syria.
U.S. defense officials have said that months of target tracking with the Syrian Democratic Forces preceded the hit in Ad Dana.
The strike was the most recent in a long line of operations against al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists and high-ranking members of ISIS in Syria.
Central Command said the ISIS leader’s name was Khalid Aydd Ahmad al-Jabouri, and his death may “temporarily hamper the organization’s capacity,” a statement claimed.
The announcement said on April 3rd, U.S. Central Command forces launched a solo attack in northwest Syria and killed Khalid ‘Aydd Ahmad al-Jabouri, a key leader of ISIS.” General Michael “Erik” Kurilla, the commander of CENTCOM, made the statement.
If CENTCOM is to be believed, Al-Jabouri was the one “responsible for organizing ISIS strikes into Europe” and the head of ISIS in Turkey.
According to the Associated Press, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights verified that its first claim of one death due to the hit in the rebel-held hamlet of Kefteen was accurate.
The guy was evacuated from the location by the Syrian Civil Defense, often known as the “White Helmets,” but he died of his wounds shortly after that.
In 2019, U.S. soldiers conducted a raid looking for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder of ISIS. In 2022, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, his successor in Syria, would be assassinated in a separate raid.
Its commander, Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, was slain in October by rebels in Syria. But soon after, Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurayshi took over.
Two local activists first thought to be Horas al-Din members but subsequently revealed to be top ISIS members, were murdered in a drone attack in February.
There seem to be no familial ties among the leaders. Their surname, “Al-Qurayshi,” originates with the Quraysh tribe, to whom Islam’s Prophet Muhammad belonged.
Members of ISIS claim that its leaders are descended from the al-Qurayshi tribe and use the surname as a cover.
There were reportedly no injuries or deaths among people as a result of the attack.