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Press Release | April 17, 2023

Helicopter Raid in Northern Syria Targets Senior ISIS Leader


Apr. 17, 2023

Release Number 20230417-01


TAMPA, Fla. – U.S. Central Command forces conducted a unilateral helicopter raid in northern Syria in the early morning of April 17th targeting a Senior ISIS Syria Leader and Operational Planner responsible for planning terror attacks in the Middle East and Europe. The raid resulted in the probable death of the targeted individual. Two other armed individuals were killed on the target.   

Extensive planning went into this operation to ensure its successful execution. No U.S. troops were wounded. No U.S. helicopters were damaged. We assess no civilians were killed or injured.

"Though degraded, ISIS remains able to conduct operations within the region with a desire to strike beyond the Middle East," said General Michael "Erik" Kurilla, CENTCOM commander. "We will continue the relentless campaign against ISIS."

"This operation reaffirms CENTCOM's steadfast commitment to the region and the enduring defeat of ISIS," said Joe Buccino, a CENTCOM spokesman. "We will provide additional details soon."