US claims capture of ISIS leader Hani Ahmed al-Kurdi

According to various reports, US forces have detained a senior ISIS leader during an operation in Syria who defence officials say is an experienced bomb maker.

Wall Street Journal sources says the captured ISIS leader has been identified as Hani Ahmed al-Kurdi, reportedly known as the "Wali of Raqqa."

Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, said in a statement.

"The mission was meticulously planned to minimise 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."

Army Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla, head of U.S. Central Command, told the Washington Post that the detainment “demonstrates our commitment to security of the region and to the enduring defeat of ISIS.”



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