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Biden Calls Death of ISIS Leader a Warning to Terrorists Worldwide


New York Times

Live Updates: Biden Calls Death of ISIS Leader a Warning to Terrorists Worldwide

President Biden said that the raid targeting Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi in Syria showed that American forces could “take out” terrorist threats anywhere in the world.


Witnesses tell The Times what happened: ‘Those who remain will die.’

Here’s what you need to know:

    Islamic State’s leader blows himself up during raid, U.S. says.

    Biden describes a risky Special Forces raid designed to minimize civilian casualties.

    U.S. officials say planning for the raid began months ago.

    Who was Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi?

    The raid targeted a three-story cinder block building surrounded by olive trees.

President Biden said on Thursday that the leader of the Islamic State died during a raid by U.S. Special Operations commandos in a risky pre-dawn attack in northwest Syria. Rescue workers said women and children were among at least 13 people killed during the raid.

In brief remarks at the White House, Mr. Biden said the choice to target the ISIS leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, using the Special Forces was made to minimize civilian casualties, despite the greater risk to American troops.

Speaking in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, Mr. Biden was understated as he described the ISIS leader’s history, saying that he had ordered a series of atrocities, including against the Yazidi people. “Thanks to the bravery of our troops, this horrible terrorist leader is no more.”

He said the operation was a warning to terrorist groups.


Full story https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/02/03/world/us-raid-syria-isis

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