Closely planned US raid kills Islamic State leader – BBC News

The leader of the Islamic State is dead following a US raid in northern Syria that also killed a senior deputy of the terror group, US officials say. Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi set off a blast killing himself and his…

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The leader of the Islamic State is dead following a US raid in northern Syria that also killed a senior deputy of the terror group, US officials say.

Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi set off a blast killing himself and his family as special forces rounded on his hideout after a gunfight.

US President Joe Biden disclosed the overnight raid on Thursday.

Qurayshi’s death “removed a major terrorist threat to the world”, Mr Biden said.

US officials did not name the IS deputy also killed, but provided dramatic details of the operation that had been months in the planning.

IS has so far made no public comments on the issue.

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