This was the US operation. to finish off the leader of the IS





The US operation that has ended with the death of the leader of the Islamic State terrorist group, Haji Abdullah, also known as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, it took over a month to plan. With US President and Vice President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris overseeing from the White House Situation Roomthe operation was carried out in an environment of tension due to the presence of civilians and children in the building in which Al Qurayshi was located.

The leader of the terrorist group, shortly after the operation began, “decided to value himself in the air“. as explained by Biden. United States confirmed the identity of Al Qurayshi through his fingerprints and a DNA analysis.

Senior US officials have offered details this Thursday on how the operation was carried outin which 13 people have died, including six minors, according to the group of rescuers ‘Casco Blancos’. Some sources justify the decision that the operation be carried out in a building inhabited by civilians by stating that the Al Qurayshi “He never left the house.”

An operation planned months ago

The president of the United States was first informed of the operation more than a month ago, when it was determined that Al Qurayshi lived in the building from the Atme area in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, and again this week. An Iraqi Army spokesman has reported that the Iraqi intelligence offered information on the whereabouts of the leader of the Islamic State.

“The president was informed of a series of possible options to end this terrorist objective and of the extraordinary complexity, due to the number of children in the area and families on the first floor“, One of the officials said in a telephone press conference.

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This context motivated the decision of the president of “carry out a special forces raid”somewhat riskier for the US military, instead of “launch an airstrike”as explained by Biden.

the american president gave the green light to the operation this Tuesday in the morning in the Oval Office, along with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley.

Supervision from the Situation Room

Joe Biden and the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, they supervised the operation, which lasted two hoursfrom the White House Situation Room.

“There was enormous tension, given the number of children we knew were in the house, on the first floor,” said the source, on condition of anonymity, who has detailed that the plan was carried out like “clock”.

Several civilians died

At the start of the operation, US forces entered the building and a translator asked everyone to get out. A family that lived on the first floor “went out and was transferred to a safe place”, according to the source, who details that there were eight children who came out of the building and were saved.

on the second floor lived a lieutenant of Al Qurashi, an “Islamic State terrorist” who was not identified and who “barricaded himself” along with his wife in that plant. Both opened fire on the team, which eventually killed them and four children who were on the floor came out and “were taken to a safe place”.

US eliminates IS leader

The ‘White Helmets’, the rescue group operating in opposition-controlled areas of Syria, have reported that at least 13 people have died in the US operation, including six minors.

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The US official has justified the decision to carry out the operation in a building inhabited by civilians by stating that Al Qurashi “never left the house” with the exception of “sometimes going up to the roof to bathe”. “He directed the operations of the Islamic State through messengers who came and went and used innocent people as a shield,” he added.

Al Qurashi “decided to blow himself up”

The leader of the self-styled Islamic State was on the third floor and, shortly after the operation began, “he decided to blow himself up”, by detonating an explosive that killed “several members of his family”, as explained by Biden. An American general has claimed that Al Qurashi did not fight and that he was offered the opportunity to surrender.

The White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, has reported that this suicidal act killed Al Qurashi, a woman and three children.

According to the US official, “the explosion was so strong on the third floor that expelled bodies out of the house and even the surrounding areas.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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