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US raid in Syria killed 32 IS members, including 4 leaders: monitor

A US 58th Special Operations Wing helicopter pictured during a training mission near Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico on March 24, 2000A US special forces raid in eastern Syria killed 32 members of the Islamic State jihadist group, including four leaders, a monitoring group said Sunday. “The US operation killed 32 members of IS, among them four officials, including IS oil chief Abu Sayyaf, the deputy IS defence minister, and an IS communications official,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. US officials have said “about a dozen” people were killed in the operation on Friday night, which was conducted by Iraq-based US commandos in order to capture Abu Sayyaf. Abdel Rahman said three of the four leading officials killed in the raid were from North Africa, but that the IS communications official was Syrian.

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