Hamza al-Homsi, a key ISIS leader, was killed in a helicopter operation led by American forces in northeast Syria, according to the U.S. military, which also reported the injuries of four American service men and a working dog.
According to a U.S. official, Homsi’s suicide vest explosion injured the four Americans and the dog. The soldiers are being transported by air to Landstuhl, Germany.
Homsi oversaw ISIS’ terrorist network in eastern Syria, according to U.S. Centcom spokesman Col. Joe Buccino. The military stated in its brief statement that the operation was carried out Thursday night in collaboration with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is allied with the U.S. According to Buccino, the health of the Americans and the dog is steady.
According to Buccino, no other ISIS members were killed or arrested, and no SDF personnel were hurt. Early evaluations show that no bystanders were killed or injured during the operation.
The US military did not disclose the raid’s location in northeast Syria.
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ISIS sleeper cells continue to carry out operations in Syria and Iraq, where they previously proclaimed a “caliphate,” despite their defeat in Syria in March 2019.
The U.S. military frequently conducts joint operations with SDF troops on the Syrian border with Iraq.
According to the statement, the service members and working dog are treated in a U.S. hospital nearby Iraq.
Over the past few years, American forces have killed two ISIS leaders in Syria.
Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was killed in a U.S. raid in northwest Syria in February 2021. The Americans conducted an operation in October 2019 to find the man who founded ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, the commander of ISIS, was slain in a conflict with Syrian rebels in southern Syria in October.
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