Four US troops wounded as ISIS leader killed in north-east Syria raid

US Centcom forces conduct operation in a partnership with Syrian Democratic Forces

US and SDF forces take part in military exercises in the countryside of Deir Ezzor in north-eastern Syria. AFP
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Four US troops are in a stable condition after they were injured during a raid in north-eastern Syria that killed a senior ISIS leader, the White House said on Friday.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters the troops and a working dog were currently being treated at a US medical facility in Iraq.

US Central Command earlier said that it had carried out the helicopter raid on Thursday night in partnership with Syrian Democratic Forces.

The raid resulted in the death of senior ISIS leader Hamza Al Homsi.

The troops and the dog were injured in an explosion, triggered by Al Homsi, who “oversaw the group's deadly terrorist network in eastern Syria”, Centcom spokesman Col Joe Buccino said.

A February 10 operation by Centcom resulted in the seizure of “multiple weapons, ammo and a suicide belt”, as well as the death of an ISIS leader.

“We can confirm Ibrahim Al Qahtani, an ISIS official associated with planning ISIS detention centre attacks, was killed in the raid,” Centcom said in an earlier tweet.

Reuters contributed to this report

Updated: February 18, 2023, 6:49 AM