ISIS Leader Captured by US-Led Coalition in Syria

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A member of the Syrian pro-government forces carries an Islamic State (IS) group flag as he stands on a street in the ancient city of Palmyra on March 27, 2016, after troops recaptured the city from IS jihadists. President Bashar al-Assad hailed the victory as an “important achievement” as his Russian counterpart and key backer Vladimir Putin congratulated Damascus for retaking the UNESCO world heritage site. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP via Getty Images)

A member of the Syrian pro-government forces carries an Islamic State group flag as he stands on a street in the ancient city of Palmyra on March 27, 2016, after troops recaptured the city from jihadists. Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images.

Coalition forces led by the United States captured a senior ISIS leader during a raid in Syria, the military announced late Wednesday, June 15.

“The detained individual was assessed to be an experienced bomb maker and facilitator who became one of the group’s top leaders in Syria,” Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement.

No civilians were harmed during the operation and there was no damage to coalition aircraft or assets, according to the statement.

The coalition did not reveal further details about the raid, which appears to have been carried out in the early hours of Thursday local time, nor did it name the ISIS leader who was detained.

In February, another ISIS leader blew himself up as a US special operations raid closed in on his home in Syria. No US troops were hurt during that raid.

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Hannah Ray Lambert is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die Magazine who previously covered everything from murder trials to high school trap shooting teams. She spent several months getting tear-gassed during the 2020-21 civil unrest in Portland, Oregon. When she’s not working, Hannah enjoys hiking, reading, and talking about authors and books on her podcast Between Lewis and Lovecraft.
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