Special US Forces launch a big attack on Syria’s northwestern provinces
Syria– According to the Pentagon, US special forces carried out a counter-terrorism mission near the Turkish border in opposition-held northwestern Syria. The mission was successful, according to a spokeswoman, and there were no US deaths, but no additional information were provided.
At least 13 people were murdered in the town of Atmeh, according to the White Helmets rescue agency, including six children and four women. Foreign militants belonging to al-Qaeda are said to live in the region. Residents of Atmeh reported hearing gunshots and shelling for two hours after three helicopters arrived there at midnight on Thursday (22:00 GMT on Wednesday).
Following the incident, photographs were shared on social media showing demolished structures. The US operation was the largest in north-west Syria since Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died in a special forces raid in October 2019, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring organization.