Senior ISIS leader was killed in Somalia following U.S. military operation, officials say

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SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Senior Islamic State (ISIS) leader was killed in Somalia following an operation by the U.S. military, said U.S. officials on Thursday. 

The U.S. military carried out an operation that killed a senior Islamic State leader in northern Somalia.

The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told reporters that Bilal al-Sudani, a U.S.-designated ISIS leader in Somalia, was killed in the operation along with about 10 of his associates.

They added that the operation was approved by President Joe Biden earlier this week.

The officials declined to discuss the basic details of the operation. They declined to articulate any direct threat posed by Sudani to the United States, offer details about whether any intelligence was collected, how the U.S. forces carried out the operation, or even how many American troops were involved.

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