Mil News BREAKING: DELTA FORCE RAID KILLS LEADER OF ISIS

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BREAKING: DELTA FORCE RAID KILLS LEADER OF ISIS

A Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) operation in Syria has resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State and one of the most wanted men in the world.

The operation took place on Saturday in the Syrian province of Idlib. Sources with intimate knowledge of the operation confirmed to SOFREP that the assault force came from Delta Force and the 75th Ranger Regiment.

The Army’s elite counterterrorism unit has been operating in the area ever since ISIS became a real threat in 2014. Since then, it has conducted numerous counterterrorism operations and a number of hostage rescue missions. In the campaign against ISIS, Delta has lost two operators: Master Sergeants Joshua Wheeler and John Dunbar.


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Because U.S. Army General Mark A. Milley and Brigadier General Marcus S. Evans, deputy director for special operations and counterterrorism, J-3, Joint Staff, were both in attendance during the live stream of the raid in the White House situation room, it is reasonable to suggest the raid was carried out by predominantly U.S. Army special operations assets. This contrasts with Operation Neptune’s Spear, the raid to apprehend Osama bin Laden in 2011, which was conducted predominantly by members of the U.S. Navy special operations community.

Some media outlets, including CNN, suggested the raid was executed by members of the U.S. Army’s Special Forces Operational Detachment-D or “SFOD-D”. This unit is often referred to as “Delta” in popular media, although this name is not officially acknowledged by the U.S. Army and members of the special operations community suggest the name of the unit was changed years ago.

One CNN analyst also suggested that the U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (160th SOAR), the “Night Stalkers” operated the “8 helicopters” that flew the special operations team to the target area near Barisha, in the northwestern corner of Syria.

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With eight of these aircraft involved in the raid, the number of special operators on the ground conducting the assault could have numbered as many as 60-80 members including specially trained military dogs.

 
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Pentagon Releases Footage of Raid on Al-Baghdadi

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Video Shows Raid That Killed ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi



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