ISIS leader killed in operation conducted by FSA
An ISIS (Islamic State) leader was killed in Syria's Daraa province last month with an operation conducted by the Free Syrian Army, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement on Wednesday. The news coincided with a declaration from the Pentagon that US forces reduced the number of patrols held with Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF.)
Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was killed in mid-October, the statement said, noting "ISIS remains a threat to the region."
"CENTCOM and our partners remain focused on the enduring defeat of ISIS," spokesman Col. Joe Buccino said in the statement.
No US military forces were involved in the operation, a military spokesman told Reuters.
The White House welcomed the news that Abu al-Hassan al-Hashemi al-Quraishi had been killed, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters.
The Free Syrian Army is mostly composed of ex islamic militants supported by Turkey and is not part of the coalition against ISIS led by the US.
In October 2019, the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed by US troops, and his successor Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was killed in a similar act in February 2022 mostly in areas controlled by groups affiliated with the Free Syrian Army.
Pentagon Press Secretary Pat Ryder on Wednesday said that the coalition forces against ISIS have reduced the number of partnered patrols with the Syrian Democratic Forces, after intense airstrikes by Turkish forces targeted the group in the region.
SDF Commander Mazloum Abdi also said they will no longer have the ability to control the compounds that the ISIS members and their families are held in Northern Syria.
Meanwhile, ISIS announced on Wednesday that the group named a new leader to replace al-Qurayshi.