The US military is increasing airstrikes in Syria


US Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopters

Okt 1, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


US forces carried out a helicopter raid in northern Syria on September 28, capturing an “ISIS facilitator” named Ibrahim al-haji Shaykh, US Central Command said on Saturday. This is the latest helicopter raid by US forces in Syria and appears to be part of an increase of these types of operations.

The US backs the Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria against ISIS. However, recent months have seen tensions in Syria between the SDF and some tribes in towns near the Euphrates river. Helicopter raids in northern Syria may be deemed a way to carry out precision raids on high value targets away from the area of tensions. 

US Central Command said it carried out a second raid on September 23. In that statement, the US said “forces successfully conducted a helicopter raid in northern Syria, Sept. 23, 2023. Abu Halil al-Fad’ani, an ISIS Syria Operational and Facilitation official, was captured during the raid. Al-Fad’ani was assessed to have relationships throughout the ISIS network in the region.” 

 “USCENTCOM remains committed to the enduring defeat of ISIS,” said Lt. Col. Troy Garlock, CENTCOM spokesperson. In the previous raid the US stated that “the capture of ISIS officials like al-Fad’ani increases our ability to locate, target, and remove terrorist from the battlefield.” No civilians were killed in either operation.