Israeli PM Bennett Praises American Troops’ Victory in Causing Demise of Top ISIS Leader
By Yehudit Garmaise
President Joe Biden spoke today with Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett, who praised U.S. Special Operations forces raid that resulted in the Feb. 3 death of brutal ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, who was known for sowing chaotic violence.
After months of military planning, on Thursday, the US Special Forces received a tip that al-Qurayshi, was hiding out on the top floor of a house in northwest Syria, President Biden ordered two dozen helicopter-borne commandos to capture or kill al-Qurayshi, who, when he realized he was surrounded, detonated himself and 10 others, including family members, women, and children.
“We made a choice to pursue a Special Forces raid, at a much greater risk to our own people, rather than targeting him with an airstrike,” said the president, who called the operation a warning to all terrorist groups. “We made this choice to minimize civilian casualties.”
“This operation is testament to America’s reach and capability to take out terrorist threats no matter where they try to hide anywhere in the world,” the president said.
“The world is a safer place thanks to the brave efforts of American forces,” said Prime Minister Bennett, who also warmly invited Biden to visit Israel.
Bennett’s office also reported that the two heads of state also discussed Iran’s continuous threats to Israel, as well as the “steps to block the Iranian nuclear program.”
Biden and Bennett also spoke about Russia, which according to White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, could invade Ukraine at any time.
The BBC reported that Russia wants to attack Ukraine, which borders both Russia and the European Union, to prevent Ukraine from joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, (NATO), which is a defensive alliance of 30 countries.
The BBC reported that at least 100,000 troops are positioned within reach of Ukraine's borders, and US President Joe Biden expects Putin to attack soon.
Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz