A force made up of US and coalition forces has reportedly captured a man that is believed to be a senior leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) during a ground raid in northwestern Syria sometime between late Wednesday and early Thursday.
The statement issued by the Coalition forces claimed that the senior ISIS leader was an expert bomb maker and was one of the top leaders of ISIS in the terrorist group’s base in Syria. However, the officials announcing the capture did not clarify any further details about the individual, including the ISIS leader’s name and where the raid occurred. No civilians were reportedly harmed or killed during the raid.
However, a US official has told ABC News that the name of this ISIS leader was “Hani Ahmed al-Kurdi” and that he was an active senior member who planned ISIS operations. Al-Kurdi has since been named by other media outlets as the ISIS leader captured.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that two helicopters landed near the village of al-Humaira, some 2.5 miles from the Turkish border, where gunshots were exchanged in northern Aleppo. However, we cannot confirm these details at this time.