BREAKING: U.S. Helicopter Downed in Military Operation to Kill Top ISIS Commander in Syria

A U.S. military helicopter is reported to have been lost in an operation to kill top ISIS commander Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi in Syria.

President Joe Biden had announced that a U.S. special forces raid was conducted in northwestern Syria on early Thursday, which killed the top leader of the Islamic State group.

“Thanks to the skill and bravery of our Armed Forces, we have taken off the battlefield Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi — the leader of ISIS,” Biden said in a statement. He claimed that all Americans involved in the operation returned safely.

President Biden said he would later address the American people on the military operation. However, a U.S. military helicopter has been reported to have been destroyed due to the raid.

“#EXCLUSIVE Our source on the ground in Atmeh, #Syria managed to enter the house which was raided by US special forces last night,” Al-Aan TV reporter Jenan Mousse reported. “Blood on the floor, chaos inside, damage clearly visible.” A video was posted of the aftermath.


“Based on info from our sources on the ground in Syria, I prepared this @akhbar map showing exact house which was raided by U.S. forces last night in Atmeh near the Turkish border,” Mousse reported. “It is very close to a HTS checkpoint. Lots of rumors of who was targeted but nothing confirmed yet”:

“Our source in Atmeh sent us this 2nd, longer video of the house raided last night by U.S. forces,” the reporter added on Twitter. “As u can see, it’s a two storey building, major damage inside, not clear yet who Americans were looking for. Only 1 house targeted so very specific operation.”

This turned out to be the raid against Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi.

“Acc[ording] to eye witnesses, an Iraqi speaker who was with the Americans shouted through a loudspeaker during Atmeh raid: ‘You have 15 minutes to surrender & get out of the house.’ However occupants refused & a gun battle erupted,” Mousse added. “Here some pics of damage to outer wall & ammo.”

“According to the @SyriaCivilDef, at least 13 people, including 6 children & 4 women, were killed in bombings and clashes that followed an airborne operation by American forces just after midnight on a house in #Atmeh town on the Syrian-Turkish border.”

“This vehicle is parked in front of the house that was targeted by U.S. special forces in Atmeh, Syria. Eyewitnesses tell @akhbar that the car belongs to the residents of the targeted house.”


Image credit: @akhbar/Twitter

“Here exclusive pictures by my source on the ground in Syria of an American helicopter which crashed last night during the special operation that killed the leader of ISIS.”


Image credit: @akhbar/Twitter

“Just to clarify: The damage done to the U.S. helicopter, as seen on the pictures, is not due to landing/crash or enemy fire,” the reporter claimed. “The Americans destroyed the helicopter themselves after an unknown failure forced it to land.”

Hopefully, that is the case and all Americans survived the military operation. The Department of Defense will surely answer questions on the downed helicopter later today.

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