U.S. conducts raid in Syria, says it kills senior Islamic State leader

Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at a news conference in WashingtonBy Will Dunham and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American special operations forces killed a senior Islamic State leader in a raid in Syria, U.S. officials said on Saturday, an operation that marked a departure from Washington's strategy of relying primarily on air strikes to target militants there. Delta Force commandos used UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to punch deep into eastern Syria from Iraq. They engaged in a firefight and hand-to-hand combat with Islamic State fighters, killed a key figure in the group named as Abu Sayyaf and captured his wife, U.S. officials said.


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