During the night from Wednesday to Thursday, 13 people, including civilians, were killed in operation by US special forces in northwestern Syria. So says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The victims are said to be four children and three women.
It was an operation against Islamic State. The soldiers landed by helicopter near refugee camps in the town of Atmé. The United States-led coalition also bombed targets north of the Idlib region.
The US Department of Defense confirmed a counter-terror mission with US military special forces. “The mission was successful,” it said in a Pentagon statement. Further details were not given. It would be the most important mission by US troops in Syria since the death in October 2019 of Aboek Bakr al-Baghdadi. The IS leader was killed in a US military raid in the Idlib region.
In Syria, where a civil war has been raging for years, a military coalition led by the US is fighting ISIS. By the summer of 2014, the terror militia had brought large areas of northern Iraq under its control. Shortly afterwards, the jihadists proclaimed the caliphate, which also included regions of neighbouring Syria.
The military victory over IS followed in March 2019, but the terror militia remains active in Iraq and Syria and carries out attacks regularly.