US-led coalition says it has detained senior Islamic State leader in Syria

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The coalition carries out raids and attacks on members of the Islamic State group.

Beirut:

The US-led coalition said Thursday it detained a senior Islamic State group leader in Syria during an early morning operation.

The coalition is conducting raids and attacks on members of the jihadist group, which has been carrying out rebel attacks three years ago since its defeat on the battlefield.

“The detained person was assessed as an experienced bomb maker and facilitator who became one of the group’s top leaders in Syria,” the statement said, adding that no civilians were injured in the operation or aircraft were damaged.

The coalition did not specify in which part of the Syrian attack took place on Thursday.

A spokesman for a separate Turkish-backed Syrian rebel group told Reuters earlier on Thursday that coalition forces had launched a helicopter strike in the village of Al-Humaira, just south of the Turkish border, the first operation of its kind in the area.

Major Youssef Hamoud, a spokesman for the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA), said US-made Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters were involved, but said the exact circumstances were unclear at the time.

“This is the first (US) helicopter landing operation” in areas under the control of the SNA, he said.

A source in contact with rebels in the area said there were clashes during the operation.

United States special forces conducted a helicopter flight in February in the Syrian province of Idlib, controlled by jihadist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashemi Al- Quraishi.

Quraishi has led the group since the death of its founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was also killed when he detonated explosives during a US raid in 2019.

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