US special ops raid takes down an ISIS leader
US troops have targeted and killed a leading member of the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in a commando raid in Syria, military officials say.The operation took place close to where the US took out ISIS's chief financial officer in 2015. ISIS appears to be more vulnerable to these kinds of attacks as it loses control of real estate. It also suggest that the US is getting better intelligence on the Islamic religious bigots who control ISIS.
The attack took place near the town of Mayadin in eastern Syria.
Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, who was believed to be from Uzbekistan, is said by the Americans to be a close associate of the IS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The US says he played a key role in an attack on a night club in Istanbul on New Year's Eve which killed 39 people.
Turkish police arrested Abdulkadir Masharipov, the main suspect in the attack,on 17 January after a huge manhunt.
"It was a ground operation. I think that's all we're willing to say about that," US Central Command spokesman John Thomas said in Washington in relation to Friday's attack.