The U.S. military has confirmed to Newsweek that it has conducted a raid against a senior official of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in northeast Syria near front lines held by the country's government and Russia.
"Last night, CENTCOM forces conducted a raid in northeast Syria targeting a senior ISIS official," U.S. Central Command spokesperson Army Colonel Joe Buccino said in a statement shared with Newsweek on Thursday. "We will release more information once we are able to confirm operational details."
The target of the operation was later identified in a follow-up CENTCOM statement as "Rakkan Wahid al-Shammri, an ISIS official known to facilitate the smuggling of weapons and fighters to support ISIS operations..."
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