Three senior Islamic State leaders were reportedly killed by American forces in two separate military operations in Syria on Thursday.
This included a rare ground strike in a region of the country’s northeast that is under the authority of the Syrian regime. Officials claim that US special operations soldiers killed IS rebel Rakkan Wahid al Shamman, wounded another, and captured two more during a raid in the village of Qamishli. According to authorities, the U.S. carried out an airstrike in northern Syria later on Thursday, killing Abu Ala, the second-in-command of the Islamic State in Syria, and Abu Mu’ad al Qahtani. In a statement, U.S. Al Shamman, according to Central Command, is notorious for facilitating the transportation of fighters and weapons to support the operations of the Islamic State. The statement claims that neither civilians nor American soldiers were killed or hurt during the attack.