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US kills key Daesh operative in Somalia raid

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States killed a key Daesh member in a nighttime assault in northern Somalia, a senior administration official has said.

“Last night, by order of the President [Joe Biden]the US military carried out an assault operation in northern Somalia that resulted in the death of Bilal al-Sudani, a key operative and facilitator for [Daesh’s] global network, as well as a number of other [Daesh] agents,” the senior administration official said Thursday.

The operation caused no American or civilian casualties, the official said. Besides al-Sudani, the operation killed 10 other Daesh associates.

“Al-Sudani was responsible for fostering the growing presence of [Daesh forces] in Africa and for funding the group’s operations around the world, including in Afghanistan,” read a statement from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

US forces were ready to capture al-Sudani as part of the operation, but the assault ultimately resulted in his death, the official added.

Officials said the operation took place after “several months” of planning, noting that the operation reached its “critical stage” last week. Biden’s decision to back the operation came shortly after recommendations from Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.

*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a banned terrorist organization in Russia and many other states

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