The US military announced Friday that it had killed a senior leader of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) in an attack on Syriaand that four of its soldiers were wounded in the operation, carried out on Thursday night.
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"The target, a senior IS leader, Hamza al-Homsi, was killed"the US military command for the Middle East (Centcom) said in a brief statement.
The four US soldiers, hit by an explosion during this attack in northeastern Syria, are being treated in Iraq. A working dog that participated in the operation was also injured, according to the statement.
Washington leads an international coalition fighting Islamic State and carries out regular raids and attacks against the group.
After the jihadists lost their last bits of territory to local Kurdish-led, coalition-backed forces in 2019, their remnants mostly withdrew to hideouts in the Syrian desert.
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They have since used those hideouts to ambush Kurdish-led forces and Syrian government troops while continuing to stage attacks in Iraq.
In October 2019, Washington announced the death of the leader of the IS group Abu Bakr al Baghdadi during a raid by US special forces in northwestern Syria.
His two successors have also been killed: the first during a US operation in northwestern Syria and the second in an operation by former Syrian rebels in the south of the country.