US Drone Strike Kills Senior ISIS Leader Planning Europe Attacks
US drone strike kills senior isis leader planning Europe attacks. A drone strike carried out by the American-led coalition in northwestern Syria has killed a senior member of the Islamic State terrorist group who was responsible for planning attacks in Europe, the United States military said on Tuesday.
According to the US military, the drone strike conducted by US Central Command forces on Monday killed Khalid ‘Aydd Ahmad al-Jabouri, who had also "developed the leadership structure for ISIS."
The drone strike was carried out in northwestern Syria and no civilians were killed or injured, the military added.
The senior ISIS member's death was expected to "temporarily disrupt the organization's ability to plot external attacks," the military said. "ISIS continues to represent a threat to the region and beyond," CENTCOM chief General Michael Kurilla said in a statement. "
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Though degraded, the group remains able to conduct operations within the region with a desire to strike beyond the Middle East," he warned.
The news of the strike was confirmed by the opposition's Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, who reported that a person had been killed by a "missile strike from an unidentified drone" on the outskirts of the town of Killi, north of Idlib.
"Our teams responded and took the injured person to Bab Al-Hawa Hospital, where he died," the White Helmets said in a tweet.
The US has been carrying out targeted drone strikes against senior ISIS members in northwestern Syria for several years now. In February, a drone strike killed two local activists initially identified as Horas al-Din members, according to The Associated Press. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights later said one of them was a senior member of ISIS.
This recent drone strike follows a similar pattern of the US-led coalition targeting high-ranking ISIS members in Syria. In 2019, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, then the world's most wanted terrorist, was killed in October 2019 in a US-led raid in northwestern Syria.
His successor, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, was killed in a US raid in February 2022, and subsequent leader Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was killed by Syrian rebels months later in October.
The drone strike that eliminated Khalid ‘Aydd Ahmad al-Jabouri is a significant achievement in the fight against ISIS. The group has been responsible for numerous attacks worldwide, and its continued existence represents a major threat to global security.
While the death of a senior ISIS leader may temporarily disrupt the group's ability to plan external attacks, it is clear that the fight against ISIS is far from over. The US-led coalition must remain vigilant in its efforts to eradicate the group and prevent further attacks.