Three ISIS affiliates captured in eastern Syria
The US forces in Syria captured a member of the Islamic State (ISIS) group and two others affiliated with ISIS, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement on Wednesday.
"US Central Command forces conducted a helicopter raid in eastern Syria late on the evening of April 8, capturing Hudayfah al Yemeni, an ISIS attack facilitator, and two of his associates. No civilians were killed or injured," the statement read, adding:
"The capture of Hudayfah al Yemeni and his associates will disrupt the organization's ability to plot and carry out operations."
CENTCOM spokesperson Joe Buccino said:
"Operations against ISIS are important for the security and stability of the region (...) ISIS remains a threat to the region and beyond - the group retains the capability to conduct operations in Iraq and Syria with a desire to strike beyond the Middle East, and its vile ideology remains a threat."
The location and date of the US operation was indicated in a report by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), who also said that Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and some anti-terrorism units from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) were involved:
"On April 9, SDF and Anti-Terrorism forces in Kurdistan-Iraq region carried out a joint airdrop operation, with support by helicopters of the International Coalition, near Al-Ashitah in Markada countryside in Al-Hasakah countryside searching for ISIS cells, where three members of ISIS were arrested and amounts of money and cellular phones were confiscated."