WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – President Joe Biden introduced Thursday that the chief of ISIS is useless after a U.S. particular operations raid in Syria.
ISIS chief Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was killed throughout an in a single day U.S. army raid on a constructing in Syria.
“Because of the bravery of our troops, this horrible terrorist chief isn’t any extra,” President Biden stated.
The president stated al-Quarayshi used explosives to kill himself and a number of other of his members of the family in the course of the assault.
“In a remaining act of determined cowardness, with no regard to the lives of his solely household or others within the constructing, he selected to blow himself up,” Biden stated.
First responders say 13 individuals had been killed within the raid, together with ladies and kids. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby says U.S. forces had been in a position to safely evacuate 10 different individuals.
“We’re at all times conscious of the potential for civilian hurt or hurt to harmless life,” Kirby stated.
President Biden stated he particularly selected to go together with a particular forces raid to attenuate civilian deaths. Utilizing an airstrike would have been much less dangerous for the troops, however may’ve killed extra individuals.
American army officers say al-Quarayshi was answerable for a number of ISIS assaults lately and the genocide of the Yazidi individuals in Iraq.
Lawmakers, together with Republican senators Roger Marshall and Mitt Romney, praised President Biden for the transfer.
“I stand behind the president on taking out this ISIS chief,” Marshall stated.
“That’s superb information. Clearly, ISIS is a superb risk to our pursuits – not solely within the center east and around the globe,” Romney stated.
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrated the raid, however warned there’s extra to do.
“The loss of life of this ISIS chief doesn’t imply the loss of life of ISIS,” she stated. “Congress stays ironclad in our dedication to our nationwide safety.”
President Biden promised to maintain stress on ISIS and terrorists around the globe.
“We are going to come after you and discover you,” Biden stated.