(NationRise.com) – The US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced in a July 9 statement that American forces in Syria killed Islamic State (ISIS) leader Usamah al-Muhajir. The report points out that the terrorist was eliminated in a perfectly executed drone strike in the country’s eastern region.
Different reports revealed that the target was terminated by the same US MQ-9 reaper drones that Russian aircraft have been harassing in Syria. The CENTCOM even said that the unmanned aircraft (UV) that killed al-Muhajir was harassed just hours before the operation. While CENTCOM noted that the strike was perfectly executed and no civilians were killed in the process, Washington and some US allies are assessing reports of one injured.
In a separate statement, CENTCOM commander General Michael Kurilla said that the United States has “made it clear” that it remains committed to defeating ISIS in the region. He also explained that while ISIS remains a significant threat in the Middle East, the terrorist group can also operate in other nations around the world.
Over the last few years, the US and some allied forces in the Middle East have carried out a consistent campaign against ISIS leaders in Syria. In a 2019 raid, American forces eliminated the head of the terrorist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Since that moment, ISIS forces have been operating as cells throughout the region.
In a statement, Lieutenant General Alexus Grynkewich said that the US drones started to experience these interactions with Russian aircraft last week. He explained that the Russian vehicles have been flying into drones’ paths, forcing them to deploy extreme maneuvers to avoid collisions. Grynkewhich pointed out that Russian aircraft have even “dropped flares” in front of the American drones.
The United States currently keeps a military force of nearly 900 troops deployed in Syria. Their main ally in the zone is the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who are also fighting against ISIS militants all across the country.
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