People inspect a destroyed house following an operation by the U.S. military in the Syrian village of Atmeh, in Idlib province, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. U.S. special operations forces conducted a large-scale counterterrorism raid in northwestern Syria overnight Thursday, in what the Pentagon said was a “successful mission.” Residents and activists reported multiple deaths including civilians from the attack. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)
UPDATED 7:36 AM PT – Thursday, February 3, 2022
Several people were killed in a U.S. Special Forces counterterrorism raid against a top ISIS leader in Northwest Syria. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said there were no U.S. casualties in what has been deemed a “successful mission.”
The goal of the raid was to eliminate ISIS commander Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi near the Turkish border Thursday. Al-Qurayshi was reportedly wearing a suicide vest that detonated during the raid.
According to reports, at least 13 people were killed. Local residents said helicopters hovered overhead asking women and children to leave the area on loudspeakers. Despite this, among the dead reportedly include six children and four women.
Thursday’s operation appears to be the largest of its kind by U.S. forces in the region since Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a special operations raid in 2019.
While confirming the raid operated on his orders, Joe Biden said” a major terrorist threat to the world” was eradicated thanks to the bravery of U.S. troops. He claimed the move was to protect the American people and the world.