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Two operations of the American army carried out this week in Syria have killed several leaders of the Islamic State group, the American military command for the Middle East announced on Thursday evening.

Les forces américaines ont tué multiples responsible du groupe jihadiste État Islamique (EI) en Syria au cours d’une operation heliportée et d’une frappe aérienne conductunes entre mercredi soir et jeudi 6 octobre, a indicé le commandement américain.

Operation Héliportée, which targeted Rakan Wahid al-Shamri, was carried out from Wednesday to Thursday in the northeast of Syria, the American military command for the Middle East (Centcom) wrote in a press release .

Elle a eu lieu dans une enclave tenue par des forces supplétives du régime syrien, près de la ville de Qamichli controlled by les forces kurdes allied aux troupes américaines, selon des sources concordantes.

The premiere

This is the first time, since the start of the war in Syria in 2011, that American troops have carried out a helicopter operation in a zone under the control of the Bashar al-Assad regime, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (OSDH).

Hundreds of American soldiers are deployed in the northeast of Syria in the framework of an anti-jihadist coalition led by the United States, which continues to fight with its Kurdish allies of the Syrian Democratic Forces (FDS), the dormant cells of l’EI.

The American command subsequently indicated in a second communiqué that they had killed two others responsible for the jihadist group during an airstrike in northern Syria. Cette deuxième attaque aurait, selon Centcom, permis de tuer “à la fois Abu-Hashum al-Umawi (…) et un autre haut responsable de l’EI”, sans toucher de civilians.

“Cette frappe va affaiblir la capacité de l’EI à déstabiliser la région et à frapper nas forces et nas partneren”, comment le patron du commandement américain dans la région, le général Michael Curillo.

Contraband

“Wednesday evening, the air forces carried out a helicopter raid near Qamichli, targeting Rakan Wahid al-Shamri, an IS official known to facilitate arms smuggling and the clandestine transport of combatants,” Centcom said in a statement. de l’operation Héliportée.

“The targeted individual was killed and one of his companions was injured. Deux autres compagnons were detained,” added Centcom, without specifying the nationality of the person responsible for the death. Aucun militaire américain et aucun civilian n’ont été oués ou blessés dans l’operation, d’après la même source.

À Damas, la télévision d’État syrienne a fait état d’une operation heliportée des “forces d’occupation américaines” dans laquelle une personne a été tuée. Elle n’a pas donné d’autres précisions.

“Three US helicopters moving troops on the ground” in front of the village of Muluk Sarai, where AFP noted the local resident. The American military “ont appelé à l’aide de haut-parleurs les inhabitants à rester chez eux”, avant de quisitionner une maison. Ils y ont “tué une personne et enlevé deux”, at-il ajouté sous couvert de l’anonymat.

D’après lui, the person killed was a displaced person from the Syrian province of Hassaké, peu connu des inhabitants et qui se faisait appeler Abou Hayel. The villageois affirmed that an exchange of fire opposed the American soldiers to a supplementary force of the Syrian regime.

Dormant cells

The OSDH has made a statement on its side of two people captured, who would be an Iraqi and a Syrian.

Après une montée en puissance fulgurante en 2014 en Irak et en Syrie viosine et la conquête de vastes territoires, l’EI a vu son self-proclaimed “caliphate” s’effondrer under le coup d’offensives successivees. It was defeated in 2017 in Iraq and in 2019 in Syria. Mais le groupe extremiste Sunnite responsible for multiple exactions continue de mener des attaques à travers des cellules dormantes dans ces deux pays.

The United States continues to target the leaders of EI. In juillet, they announced that they had killed an IS leader in a drone strike in the north-west of Syria. En juin, ils ont fait état de la capture d’un chef de l’EI lors d’une operation héliportée dans le north de la Syria.

Chef Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi entered the American raid in 2019, and his son Abu Ibrahim al-Hachimi al-Qurachi was eliminated in February 2022 in an operation by US special forces in the United States. north-west of Syria, a region largely controlled by jihadists.

With AFP

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