U.S. Special Operators Accelerate Killings of ISIS Leaders

Posted October 25, 2016 at 5:07am

Defense One reports that “U.S. special operators in northern Iraq and Syria are killing Islamic State leaders at a faster pace, disrupting the organization’s defense of Mosul and, more importantly to Pentagon leaders, their ability to plot attacks against the United States and other targets outside the region.”

“Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in a Sunday visit with American and coalition forces at the Joint Operations Center in Erbil, the Kurdish capital in northern Iraq, said he commended American fighters here who are supporting ‘elements in Syria’ and working to envelop Raqqa. Quickening the pace of targeting ISIS leaders, known in military parlance as ‘high-value targets’ or ‘high-value individuals,’ has hurt the terrorist group’s ability to launch external ‘attacks aimed at our own people, our own country, and friends and allies,’ he said.”