US President Joe Biden has announced that a U.S. special forces raid in Atmeh, northwestern Syria has killed the top leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi.
The Associated Press (AP) reports that Biden said he would address the American people later Thursday on the raid.
In a statement Biden said all Americans involved in the operation returned safely.
“Thanks to the skill and bravery of our Armed Forces, we have taken off the battlefield Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi the leader of ISIS.”
Earlier it was reported that U.S. special forces carried out what the Pentagon said was a large-scale counterterrorism raid in northwestern Syria early Thursday.
First responders at the scene reported 13 people were killed, including six children and four women.
According to AP, the Pentagon did not identify the target of the raid.