Four U.S. soldiers wounded in anti-terrorism operation; senior Islamic State commander killed

DAYRO ZCURO (DEIR Ez-ZOR), North and East Syria — Last night, during a joint raid on an Islamic State (ISIS) cell, U.S. Coalition forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) killed a senior ISIS commander. The operation involved American attack helicopters.

The senior ISIS commander set off an explosion, resulting in the wounding of four U.S. soldiers, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said on Twitter.

CENTCOM said that the targeted ISIS commander was Hamza al-Homsi, who it held responsible for overseeing the group’s terrorist network in eastern Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reports that the U.S. military raid besieged a house in the eastern countryside of Dayro Zcuro. After refusing surrender, the ISIS commander was killed in the clash but was able to detonate the explosive causing American injured.

The US-led international coalition and its partner on the ground, the SDF, continue to pursue ISIS cells in the region and prevent terrorist operations after the fall of the Islamic Caliphate.