Biden says Islamic State leader Qurayshi killed in US raid in Syria


Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was killed during a U.S. counterterrorism operation in northwestern Syria on Wednesday night, President Joe Biden said in a statement. “Last night at my direction, U.S. military forces in northwest Syria successfully undertook a counterterrorism operation to protect the American people and our allies, and make the world a safer place,” Biden said. Qurayshi detonated a bomb that killed himself and members of his family, including women and children, at the beginning of the operation, according to a senior U.S. official. The operation was conducted by special operations forces under the control of U.S. Central Command, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. Qurayshi took over as leader of the terror organization after former leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. raid in 2019. He oversaw the group’s attacks on the Yazidi religious minority in Iraq.

Though the influence of the group waned as Syrian and Iraqi forces — variously backed by the U.S. and its allies, as well as Iran and Russia — largely eliminated its territorial holdings in recent years, the group was never completely eradicated. Biden is expected to address the nation about the mission at 9:30 a.m. ET from the White House in Washington, D.C. ___ ©2022 Bloomberg L.P. Visit Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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