Top Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Ibrahim (Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi) was eliminated by the US forces in Syria – US President Joe Biden said on Thursday. In a statement, Biden said that Ibrahim was eliminated by the US military forces in Syria. In a tweet, Biden said that the American troops who took part in the operation returned safely. He is expected to deliver remarks later today.

“Last night at my direction, US military forces in northwest Syria successfully undertook a counterterrorism operation to protect the American people and our Allies, and make the world a safer place. Thanks to the skill and bravery of our Armed Forces, we have taken off the battlefield Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi—the leader of ISIS. All Americans have returned safely from the operation. I will deliver remarks to the American people later this morning. May God protect our troops,” US President Joe Biden said in a statement.

IS leader ‘blew himself up’, says AFP

Citing a US government official, news agency AFP reported that the IS leader blew himself up during a US raid in Syria. Photos shared by the Associated Press showed people inspecting a destroyed house following an operation by the US military in the Syrian village of Atmeh, in Idlib province.

Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was appointed as the leader of the Islamic State after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed by the US forces in Syria in October 2019.