Biden announces death of ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi

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Biden announces death of ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi

US special forces killed the new leader of the ISIS terror group in a daring raid in northwestern Syria, President Biden announced Thursday.

“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,” Biden said in a brief statement issued by the White House. “All Americans have returned safely from the operation. I will deliver remarks to the American people later this morning. May God protect our troops.”

people inspecting a damaged building after an alleged counterterrorism operation by US Special forces in the early morning in Atma village in the northern countryside of Idlib, Syria, 03 February 2022.
People inspect a damaged building after an alleged counterterrorism operation by US Special forces in Atma village in the northern countryside of Idlib, Syria, February 3, 2022.
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Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi was allegedly killed in a raid.
Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi was allegedly killed in a raid.
Syrian civil defense evacuate a body on February 3, 2022 following an overnight raid by US special operations forces against suspected jihadists in northwestern Syria.
Syrian civil defense evacuate a body on February 3, 2022 following an overnight raid by US special operations forces against suspected jihadists in northwestern Syria.
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A damaged room is seen after an alleged counterterrorism operation by US Special forces in the early morning in Atma village in the northern countryside of Idlib, Syria, 03 February 2022
The raid was the largest in the province since 2019.
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The operation took place in the village of Atmeh, near Syria’s border with Turkey. The Associated Press, citing first responders, reported that 13 people had been killed, including six children and four women.

It was not immediately clear whether al-Qurayshi was included in that toll.

The raid was the largest in the province since the 2019 US assault targeting then-ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who blew himself up as American forces closed in.

A man holds a bullet casing in front of a damaged building after an alleged counterterrorism operation by US Special forces in the early morning in Atma village in the northern countryside of Idlib, Syria, 03 February 2022.
It was reported that 13 people had been killed.
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Blood covers the floor of a destroyed house after an operation by the U.S. military in the Syrian village of Atmeh in Idlib province, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022
Blood covers the floor of a destroyed house after an operation by the US military in Syria, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022.
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This is a developing story.

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