Blast wounds four US troops in Syria, IS leader killed

AFP , Friday 17 Feb 2023

An explosion wounded four American military personnel during a raid that killed a senior Islamic State (IS) group leader in Syria, the US military's Central Command said Friday.

Deir Ezzor, Syria
File Photo: Troops from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Special Operations and the US-led anti-jihadist coalition take part in heavy-weaponry military exercises in the countryside of Deir Ezzor in northeastern Syria, on March 25, 2022. AFP


"Last night, during a partnered US and Syrian Democratic Forces helicopter raid in northeastern Syria, an explosion on target resulted in four US servicemembers and one working dog wounded," CENTCOM said in a statement.

The IS leader, identified as Hamza al-Homsi, was killed, while the US troops and the dog are being treated at an American medical facility in Iraq, the statement added.

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