US commandos kill two ISIS commanders in Syrian raid
The militant group formerly controlled much of eastern Syria and substantial portions of Iraq.
U.S. forces over the weekend took out two commanders of the Islamic State terrorist organization during a helicopter raid in eastern Syria.
"Extensive planning went into this unilateral operation to ensure its success," U.S. Central Command confirmed, according to the New York Post. "Initial assessments indicate no civilians were killed or injured."
"ISIS continues to represent a threat to the security and stability of the region," said CENTCOM spokesman Joe Buccino. "This operation reaffirms CENTCOM's steadfast commitment to ensuring the group's enduring defeat."
The militant group formerly controlled much of eastern Syria and substantial portions of Iraq, but has since been contained to isolated outposts in eastern Syria, which have remained active amid the ongoing civil war between forces loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad and myriad other factions.
Earlier this year, ISIS commander Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi died on the field of battle, making him the second leader of the terrorist group to die this year after his predecessor, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi died in February at the hands of U.S. special forces.