US Military Raid Kills IS Leader In Somalia

IS in Puntland, Somalia

The US military says it killed a senior leader of the Islamic State during an operation in Somalia’s Puntland regional state.

Bilal al-Sudani was killed along with ten other IS militants on Wednesday in Almiskad mountains, Bari region.

“On orders from the president, the US military conducted an assault operation in northern Somalia that resulted in the death of a number of ISIS members, including Bilal al-Sudani,” Lloyd Austin, the secretary of defense, said in a statement.

According to the US government, al-Sudani was responsible for ISIS’s expansion in Africa and funding the group’s operations in the world, including in Afghanistan.

Austin said the killing of a-Sudani “leaves the United States and its partners safer and more secure and it reflects our steadfast commitment to protecting Americans from the threat of terrorism at home and abroad.”

In 2015, al-Sudani defected from the militant group al-Shabab, along with Sheikh Abdulqadir Mumin, the leader of the IS branch in Somalia.

US forces have long carried out airstrikes in Somalia in collaboration with and on behalf of the government, assisting forces fighting al-Shabab militants.