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US raid on IS produced wealth of intelligence: report

An image grab taken from a video released by Islamic State (IS) group's official Al-Raqqa site via YouTube on September 23, 2014, allegedly shows IS recruits riding in armed trucks in an unknown locationA US commando raid in Syria last month that killed a senior figure from the Islamic State group produced a wealth of information about the jihadists’ finances and leadership, the New York Times reported Tuesday, citing US officials. Material seized in the May 16 raid against Abu Sayyaf, believed to be the group’s top financier, already helped US forces track down and bomb another IS leader in eastern Syria on May 31, unnamed officials told the Times. US government officials believe an influential lieutenant, Abu Hamid, was killed in that air strike, the Times reported, but the IS group has not yet confirmed his death.

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