Abu Sayyaf, an ISIS Leader, Killed in Syria by Special Forces, U.S. Says

WASHINGTON — American Special Operations forces mounted a rare raid into eastern Syria early Saturday, killing a leader of the Islamic State and about a dozen militant fighters, as well as capturing his wife and freeing an 18-year old Yazidi woman whom Pentagon officials said had been held as a slave.

In the first successful raid by American ground troops since the military campaign against the Islamic State began last year, two dozen Delta Force commandos entered Syria aboard Black Hawk helicopters and V-22 Ospreys and killed the leader, Abu Sayyaf. One American military official described him as the Islamic State’s “emir of oil and gas.”

Even so, Abu Sayyaf is a midlevel leader in the organization — one terrorism analyst compared him to Al Capone’s accountant — and likely is replaceable in fairly short order. And the operation, while successful, comes as the Islamic State has been advancing in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, demonstrating that the fight against the Sunni militant group in both Iraq and Syria remains very fluid.

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  • Jay Currie

    This would be the boots on the ground which are needed but which are politically toxic. Of course, if you start racking up, dare I say it, victories the politics change.

    • FactsWillOut

      replace boots with nukes.

  • FactsWillOut

    “one terrorism analyst compared him to Al Capone’s accountant“


    Comparing ISIS to Capone is the height of folly.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    You know, we have HAD ‘boots on the ground’ for quite a while over there. Sure, it’s all SOCOM, but they are there.

  • Frau Katze

    One more bites the dust.

  • Canadian

    Will Obola publish the names of the soldiers?