Babak Taghvaee describes the US Army Special Forces’ mission to track down and eliminate the so-called Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi.
In the early hours of February 4, 2022, two MH-60M Black Hawks and a MH-47G Chinook of the US Army Special Forces approached a three-story building in the Turkish-backed Islamist-held area of Idlib province, Syria. The three helicopters were carrying at least 40 soldiers from the US Army’s elite Delta Force. Minutes after evacuating civilians from the area, Delta forces entered a building inhabited by the so-called Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi – known as Haji Abdullah – along with several of his entourage.
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