Status: 03.02.2022 1:30 p.m
According to the United States, it has taken action against jihadists in north-west Syria. While the Pentagon speaks of a “successful mission,” activists report several dead civilians, including children.
According to their own statements, special units of the US military have carried out an anti-terrorist operation in northwestern Syria. “The mission was successful,” said US Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby. There were no casualties on the part of the USA.
The Pentagon did not provide details on who the operation was aimed at and whether enemies or civilians were killed or injured. Kirby announced more information at a later date.
Children are said to be among the victims of the US attack.
Apparently several civilians among the victims
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 13 people were killed in the attack, including seven civilians, including four children. First responders reported six children and four women.
Local residents and activists reported a large ground attack and US forces using loudspeakers to urge women and children to leave the area. They described the operation as the largest military operation since the killing of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October 2019. The observatory said troops from the US-led coalition had landed in the area by helicopter and attacked a house. There had been clashes with fighters on the ground.
IS is trying to get back on its feet
The operation took place in the northwestern province of Idlib. Large parts of the region are controlled by fighters supported by Turkey. However, the area is also a stronghold of the Al Qaeda terrorist group. Other militant extremists have also found sanctuary in the region.
The operation came amid efforts by the Islamic State terrorist group to re-establish a presence in the area. The terrorist group had recently carried out several attacks in the region. In the largest IS attack since the caliphate proclaimed by the terrorist group collapsed in 2019, a prison in north-eastern Syria was attacked to free IS members imprisoned there.