The US army stated it performed a “kinetic strike” overnight Monday in Syria in an operation that focused a senior al-Qaeda-linked terrorist.
“CENTCOM Forces conducted a kinetic strike in Idlib province, Syria, June 27, targeting Abu Hamzah al Yemeni, a senior leader of Hurras al-Din, an Al Qaeda-aligned terrorist organization,” a press release from the US Central Command learn.
The US has come underneath elevated criticism for airstrikes which have killed civilians. But the US stated al-Yemeni was alone whereas touring on a bike, and no civilian casualties have been reported.
Extremist organizations like Hurras al-Din proceed to current a risk to America and its allies, CENTCOM stated, including that al-Qaeda-aligned militants use Syria as a secure haven to coordinate with exterior associates and plan operations exterior of Syria.
“The removal of this senior leader will disrupt al-Qaeda’s ability to carry out attacks against US citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians around the world,” CENTCOM stated.
US-led coalition troops detained a senior ISIS chief earlier this month, additionally inside Syria, the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) stated.
Also this 12 months, US President Joe Biden introduced a particular operation carried out by US troops, killing ISIS chief Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi.