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Qurayshi, commander of Islamic State, killed in US assault in Syria, says President Biden

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ISIS has lost its second top leader in less than three years with the death of al-Qurayshi. In October 2019, his predecessor, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in a US raid in the same territory.

President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was killed during a US special forces counterterrorism operation in northwest Syria.

On the third floor of the building where he lived, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi detonated a bomb, killing himself and members of his family, including women and children, as the US onslaught began. In televised remarks, Biden said, “Last night, executing on my orders, United States military troops successfully removed a serious terrorist threat to the globe – the worldwide leader of ISIS, known as Haji Abdullah.” “In 2019, he became the global leader of ISIS.” Since then, ISIS has carried out terrorist attacks in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, targeting Americans, our allies, partners, and countless civilians.”

ISIS has lost its second top leader in less than three years with the death of al-Qurayshi. In October 2019, his predecessor, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in a US raid in the same territory. US officials and ISIS analysts believe Wednesday’s operation is another step toward drastically weakening the terror group’s capabilities, but they warn that the terror group remains a threat. After “savaging towns and murdering innocents,” the US president claimed that the ISIS terror leader had overseen the expansion of ISIS affiliate terror groups around the world. He was the “driving force” behind the slaughter of the Yazidi people in northwestern Iraq in 2014, as well as the recent attack on a prison in northeast Syria holding ISIS members.

“We all remember the heartbreaking stories of mass slaughters that wiped out entire towns; thousands of women and young girls sold into slavery, and rape utilised as a weapon of war,” he added, adding that this “horrible terrorist commander” was no longer alive owing to the valour of US Marines. Biden stated that he had asked the Defense Department to take “every measure feasible” to avoid civilian casualties. Because they knew al-Qurayshi had chosen to surround himself with family, including children, the US decided to pursue a special forces raid instead of an air strike “at a considerably greater danger to our own people.”

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