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Defense & National Security — US forces kill major ISIS leader

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ISIS leader killed by US forces

On Wednesday night, American troops killed a key ISIS leader who helped grow the organization in Afghanistan and Iraq.

U.S. forces also took down 10 other members of the foreign terrorist group. There were no U.S. casualties.

The death of Bilal al-Sudani in a mountainous cave complex in northern Somalia leaves the U.S. and allies “safer and more secure,” said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

“And it reflects our steadfast commitment to protecting Americans from the threat of terrorism at home and abroad,” Austin said in a statement.

A major financier: al-Sudani was an operative and facilitator for ISIS’s international network and a major funder for the terrorist group.

Senior administration officials said he was a key financial backer for foreign violent extremists in Somalia.

His operational and financial role made him a major target for the U.S.



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