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ISIS leader killed in US-led Syria raid, Biden says

Washington (CNN) — ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was killed Wednesday during a US counterterrorism raid in northwest Syria, President Joe Biden announced Thursday morning. It was the biggest US raid in the country since the 2019 operation that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Qurayshi blew himself...
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The ISIS leader killed in a U.S. special forces raid will be replaced. ISIS is reviving.

President Joe Biden’s announcement Thursday that a U.S. special forces operation in Idlib province in northern Syria killed Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, the leader of the Islamic State militant group, was welcome news in a new year that’s had very little so far. But while the operation itself was a success, it highlighted a worrisome fact: The Islamic State is very much alive. And, if anything, it is growing stronger.
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ISIS leader Quraishi kills himself during Syria raid, U.S. says

AMMAN/WASHINGTON, Feb 3 (Reuters) - The leader of Islamic State died when he blew himself and family members up during a U.S. military raid in Syria, President Joe Biden said on Thursday, dealing a blow to the jihadist group's efforts to reorganize as a guerrilla force after losing large swathes of territory.
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Prison break: ISIS fighters launched a brazen attack to free their comrades

HASAKAH, Syria — The militants of the Islamic State announced their most brazen attack in years with a truck bombing that blasted a hole in the exterior wall of a Syrian prison holding thousands of their comrades. The Jan. 20 attack triggered a 10-day battle that spilled into the surrounding streets of Hasakah in northeastern Syria, drew American and British ground and air forces back into combat in support of their local allies, and energized global supporters of the Islamic State like little else since its so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq was defeated three years ago. By the time the fighting was finished and the devastated prison was back in the hands of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, more than 500 people were dead, about three-quarters of them suspected militants, the SDF reported. And scores, maybe hundreds, of prisoners had escaped, free to raise the Islamic State’s black flag and fight again.
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Video shows inside US raid killing ISIS leader

US Special Forces killed ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi in a counterterrorism mission in northwest Syria, President Joe Biden announced. CNN’s Barbara Starr and Arwa Damon have the latest.
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Journalist says U.S. air war against ISIS killed countless civilians in Syria

This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies, in today for Terry Gross. Civilian casualties are sadly common in most armed conflicts, but our guest today, New York Times correspondent Dave Philipps, says the United States' air war against ISIS seems to have been particularly brutal on innocent civilians in Syria. In recent stories, Philipps reports that a top-secret unit of the U.S. military was allowed to pick targets for drone attacks and bombing runs with little oversight, and that as the conflict wore on, it increasingly sidestepped rules to protect noncombatants, ordering airstrikes that killed farmers in their fields, children in the street and families fleeing combat.
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Ping Institute hosts faculty symposium on 'ISIS: A History' on Jan. 27

The professors and fellows of the Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities invite colleagues in the humanities at Ohio University to an online faculty symposium on "ISIS: A History" from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27. The symposium features Dr. Fawaz A. Gerges, professor...
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