U.S. forces raided a Turkish-controlled border town in northern Syria and detained an Iraqi family on Monday, a day after a high-ranking Islamic State (ISIS) was killed in the same place, the British Daily Mail reported.
ISIS spokesman Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, a figure marked as a possible successor to the slain leader of the extremist jihadist group, was killed on Sunday in a joint raid by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and U.S. forces in Jarablus, Reuters said, citing a senior State Department official.
Jarablus was taken over by Turkish-backed Syrian rebel groups during a cross border operation in 2016.
The leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed on Oct. 27 during an overnight raid led by U.S. forces in Syria’s Idlib, a few kilometres away from the Turkish border.
During Turkey’s offensive in northeast Syria targeting the SDF and its affiliates, Kurdish forces said several ISIS members fled from detention camps after they diverted their fighters to the frontline to stave off the Turkish incursion.
After the death of high-ranking ISIS members, Kurdish-led forces guarding the prisons have been on alert against possible riots or attacks on the prisons, Time said, citing a local security official.