US forces capture senior ISIS leader (Footage of part of the operation below).
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On Wednesday evening, US forces captured a senior ISIS leader in a nightime operation involving six helicopters that were seen flying fast and low in northwestern Syria. Another three helicopters joined later on during the operation. According to some sources within Syria, there were two raids by US forces. During the second raid a senior ISIS leader was captured. It is believed that the terrorist is a bomb-maker according to a statement released by thr Combined Joint Task Force on Wednesday evening.
The detained individual was assessed to be an experienced bomb maker and facilitator who became one of the group’s top leaders in Syria.Officials from Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR)
The raids seem to have taken place in the Turkish-occupied town of al-Humayrah around 35km west of Jarabulus. There was a heavy presence of drones in the area and US fighter jets entered the airspace over the Turkish-controlled areas but no airstrikes were reported. Some have reported that a US helicopter was hit by Turkish-backed militants. Footage of several US helicopters showed MH-47G Chinook of the US 160th Special Operations, a regiment known to be tasked with highly sensitive missions.
MH-47G Chinook of the US 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment seen flying near Jarabulus. Video Credit: Twitter Account WithinSyria.
Black hawk helicopters were also seen during the operation.
Video Credit: Twitter Account Mr Revinsky
More details to follow.