U.S. Forces Target an ISIS Leader in Syria, Officials Say

U.S. Special Operations forces dropped from helicopters in northeast Syria to arrest an Islamic State leader on Thursday in a rare operation inside Syrian government territory, according to a Syrian Kurdish security official.

A spokesman for the Pentagon’s Central Command, Col. Joe Buccino, said in a statement that “CENTCOM forces conducted a raid in northeast Syria targeting a senior ISIS official.” U.S. officials declined to identify the ISIS official or his role in the terrorist group, or say whether he was killed or captured.

But a U.S. military decision to send American commandos on a risky nighttime mission in Syrian-held territory would suggest the significance of the ISIS official, counterterrorism analysts said.

The Kurdish security official, who spoke on the condition of…

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