Delta Force captures Islamic State leader in Syria

Special Operations
Photo credit Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Justin Morelli

On the night of June 16, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) helicopters touched down in the countryside near Aleppo, Syria.

Two helicopters – an MH-47 Chinook and an MH-60 Blackhawk – were seen flying through the sky under a nearly full moon in footage posted to social media.

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"Coalition forces detained a senior Daesh [ISIS] leader during an operation in Syria," a Pentagon press release stated soon after the raid. "The detained individual was assessed to be an experienced bomb maker and facilitator who became one of the group’s top leaders in Syria."

A military source speaking to Connecting Vets on the condition of anonymity confirmed that the assault element for the raid was the Army counter-terrorism unit known as Delta Force.

The unit has been involved in America's Syria campaign since the beginning, waging unconventional warfare alongside the Kurdish militias during the early days, running strike cell operations, attempted hostage rescue missions, and high-value target capture/kill missions such as the one that took out ISIS leader al-Baghdadi.

According to the military source, the 160th helicopters were fired upon by terrorists on the ground, but the gunfire was ineffective and little more than pot shots.

"The mission was meticulously planned to minimize the risk of collateral damage, particularly any potential harm to civilians. There were no civilians harmed during the operation nor any damage to Coalition aircraft or assets," the Pentagon press release concluded.

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