ISIS bomb maker captured in Syria raid, U.S military says

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Spc. William Gore

A senior Islamic State militant group leader and bomb maker was captured in a raid in Syria, according to the U.S. military.

Officials did not identify the person detained in the operation, which took place in the very early morning hours Thursday local time in northern Syria.

"The captured individual is an experienced bomb maker and operational facilitator who became one of the top leaders of Daesh’s Syrian branch," a statement from the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force — Operation Inherent Resolve said.

Daesh is the Arabic acronym used by the U.S. military and others to describe the Islamic State group.

There were no injuries to coalition forces, the task force said in the statement. No civilians were harmed during the operation and there was no damage to coalition aircraft or assets, it said.

The task force described the mission as a counterterrorism operation. It said coalition forces have detained the person who was captured. For security reasons, the task force does not release specifics.

In February, a U.S. military raid in northwestern Syria led to the death of Islamic State group leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, President Joe Biden said at the time.

As U.S. forces closed in, Al-Qurayshi detonated a suicide bomb that killed him, as well as his wife and two children, a Pentagon spokesman said then.