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NEWS | June 16, 2022

Officials identify detained senior ISIS leader

By CJTF-OIR Public Affairs CJTF-OIR Public Affairs

 Coalition forces identified the senior ISIS leader detained during a June 16 counterterrorism operation in Aleppo, Syria, as Hani Ahmed al-Kurdi. Al-Kurdi was an experienced bomb maker and operational facilitator who became one of the top leaders in the Syrian branch of ISIS.

Hani Ahmed al-Kurdi, known as Salim, was responsible for coordinating terrorist activities across the region. He was instructing others on making explosive devices, supporting the construction of improvised explosive device facilities, and facilitating attacks on U.S. and partner forces.

The mission to capture al-Kurdi was meticulously planned to minimize the risk of civilian harm or collateral damage. The successful mission avoided any harm to civilians or civilian infrastructure and resulted in no 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 ISIS wherever they hide to ensure their enduring defeat.