In a bold and daring operation on Wednesday night, the U.S military successfully launched a targeted raid against the notorious ISIS operator and facilitator, Bilal al-Sudani, and his inner circle of ten associates. The operation, carried out with precision and deadly efficiency, resulted in the elimination of this dangerous terrorist cell, with no civilian casualties or loss of life among U.S service members.
This is a significant blow to the ISIS organization and a testament to the skill and bravery of our military forces.
Officials described al-Sudani as a key operator and facilitator for ISIS’ global network because of his funding to sustain ISIS branches in Africa and around the world, including in Afghanistan.
President Joe Biden authorized the operation earlier this week after a recommendation from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and advice from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, the officials said. The operation took months of planning and included rehearsals at sites constructed to replicate the terrain where the operation eventually took place.
The operation Wednesday night took place in a mountainous cave complex in northern Somalia.
Senior administration officials said the U.S. forces had prepared to capture al-Sudani, but the response from hostile forces culminated in his death and the death of 10 of his associates.
“This action leaves the United States and its partners safer and more secure, and it reflects our steadfast commitment to protecting Americans from the threat of terrorism at home and abroad,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement.
Before joining ISIS, al-Sudani was designated by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2012 for his role in al-Shabaab, where he helped foreign fighters travel to al-Shabaab training camps and facilitated financing for foreign violent extremists in Somalia.
One of the administration officials said the U.S. intelligence community expects “to glean valuable information from this operation” as a part of its continued counterterrorism operations.
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