US Special Forces in Raid Against Islamic State
US Special Forces deployed against Islamic State in Syria in an attack aimed at capturing key personnel, according to the Washington Post. Witnesses in al-Kubar, a village in Deir al-Zour Province, have reported that US troops left the area with Islamic State captives and bodies after a 90-minute operation.
US-led coalition spokesman, Col. John Dorrian, was quoted as saying:
The Coalition can confirm a U.S. operation in the vicinity of Deir al-Zour on Jan. 8. The U.S. and the entire counter-ISIL Coalition will continue to pursue ISIL leaders wherever they are to ensure the security and stability of the region and our homelands
The Telegraph quoted an unnamed anti-ISIL activist that the raid was to free Western hostages. It is believed that there is a secret prison in the area.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights based in the UK claimed that 25 Islamic State fighters were killed. There were no US casualties. US officials have given no further details as yet.
Photo: US Navy SEALs, Remote Training Facility, by Eric S Logsdon, Naval Special Warfare Command Public Affairs Office, 2004.