US forces detain six ISIS militants in a series of helicopter strikes in Syria

US forces have detained six ISIS militants in a series of helicopter strikes in eastern Syria over the past 48 hours, the Central Command (CENTCOM) said on Tuesday.

Captured terrorists include al-Zubaydi, whom CENTCOM describes as a senior official in Syria’s “Islamic State” province who was involved in orchestrating attacks in Syria.

In this June 2014 file photo, an ISIS fighter holds a flag and a weapon.

In this June 2014 file photo, an ISIS fighter holds a flag and a weapon.
(Reuters photo)

“These partnered operations reaffirm CENTCOM’s unwavering commitment to the region and the enduring defeat of ISIS,” CENTCOM Commander Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla said in a statement.

“The capture of these ISIS operatives will disrupt the terrorist organization’s ability to further plot and conduct destabilizing attacks.”

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About 900 US troops are still stationed in Syria, working with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and other allied groups in operations against ISIS.

A U.S. Army soldier sips tea distributed by local residents as his commanding officer and allied troops meet with villagers near the Turkish border in northeastern Syria May 26, 2021.

A U.S. Army soldier sips tea distributed by local residents as his commanding officer and allied troops meet with villagers near the Turkish border in northeastern Syria May 26, 2021.
(John Moore/Getty Images)

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Two SDF fighters were injured in one of the attacks. According to an initial assessment by CENTCOM, no civilians were killed or injured.

Two IS fighters were killed in a US helicopter attack in eastern Syria earlier this month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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