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Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced in a statement today that U.S. special operations forces yesterday conducted an operation in Syria to capture a senior leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist organization.
Last night, at the direction of the Commander in Chief, I ordered U.S. special operations forces to conduct an operation in al-Amr in eastern Syria to capture an ISIL senior leader known as Abu Sayyaf and his wife Umm Sayyaf, " Carter said.
Abu Sayyaf was involved in ISIL`s military operations and also helped direct the terrorist organization`s illicit oil, gas and financial operations, the defense secretary said.
Abu Sayyaf was killed during the course of the operation when he engaged U.S. forces, " he said.
U.S. forces captured Umm Sayyaf, who we suspect is a member of ISIL, played an important role in ISIL`s terrorist activities, and may have been complicit in what appears to have been the enslavement of a young Yezidi woman rescued last night, " Carter said.
No U.S. forces were killed or injured during the operation, which represented another significant blow to ISIL, " the defense secretary said.
And it is a reminder that the United States will never waver in denying safe haven to terrorists who threaten our citizens, and those of our friends and allies, " he continued.
I thank the extraordinary men and women in uniform who executed this complex and challenging mission, along with all those who supported it. Their professionalism, dedication, and valor are a deep source of pride and inspiration to us all, " Carter said.
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