While we haven’t heard much about the U.S. military operating in Syria, it doesn’t mean they haven’t been there. Hani Ahmed al-Kurdi has actively been planning ISIS operations from inside the country, where members of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) were about to detain him on or about June 16th local time.
Per information provided by OIR, Kurdi is a senior Daesh (aka ISIS) leader and a very well-known bomb maker. It’s his skill at making bombs and facilitating attacks that allowed him to quickly rise up the ranks of ISIS while in Syria and become one of their top leaders.
OIR issued a statement about the raid. “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. Coalition forces will continue to work with our partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces, and the Iraqi Security Forces, including the Peshmerga, to hunt the remnants of Daesh wherever they hide to ensure Daesh’s enduring defeat.”
Gen. Erik Kurilla, the commander of U.S. Central Command provided an additional statement to ABC News. “Though degraded, ISIS remains a threat. We remain dedicated to its defeat. Last night’s operation, which took a senior ISIS operator off the battlefield, demonstrates our commitment to the security of the Middle East and to the enduring defeat of ISIS.”
For the better part of a decade, the U.S. has been hunting down and eliminating ISIS and fellow terrorist targets across the globe. In October 2019, their actions became a major news story with the attempted capture of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi resulting in Baghdadi killing himself. Delta Force led the charge there and in another raid on his successor. Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi had stepped up to take the reins, but when Delta came knocking, he blew himself up with a suicide vest.
In late 2019, ISIS was considered fully dismantled, but in reality, its leaders have been in hiding from U.S. forces. With the lawlessness that still permeates the area of Iraq and Syria, they have been able to operate with a lot of low-level terrorism activities. Their main goal has been to encourage the provocation of fellow agents across the globe, but especially those in the West.
In January of 2022, ISIS launched its comeback tour. Rapidly, they mounted their biggest operation in just over two years. Hundreds of ISIS insurgents attempted to get countless terrorist fighters detained at a prison at Hasakah in northeast Syria out to freedom. Following 10 days of destructive fighting, the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces, who were deeply backed up by U.S. airstrikes, were able to retake the prison.
It is believed that several hundred ISIS prisoners were able to flee in the ensuing mayhem and confusion. Kurdish forces announced that 374 ISIS fighters had been killed during the attempted prison break, but that number was difficult to completely confirm.
Having men ready and willing to do the tough work that nobody talks about at parties is something this globe needs. It is something the U.S. needs specifically as new and ever-changing groups look to threaten our way of life. We need men like those who comprise Delta Force and the entire support staff in OIR. These people from various branches spent countless hours analyzing intel, deciphering terrorist codes, and studying film at a rate that would make Tom Brady look like a chump. Can you imagine where we would be without them?