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New York Times: Abu Sayyaf, an ISIS Leader, Killed by Special Forces, U.S. Says

WASHINGTON — American Special Operations forces entered eastern Syria on Friday and killed a senior leader of the Islamic State, according to the Defense Department. The leader, Abu Sayyaf, was involved in the group’s military operations and also helped manage black-market sales of oil and gas to raise money, according to a statement issued by the Pentagon early Saturday.

In the statement, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said American commandos had entered Syria with a mission to capture Abu Sayyaf and his wife, Umm Sayyaf.

“Abu Sayyaf was killed during the course of the operation when he engaged U.S. forces,” Mr. Carter said.

No American forces were killed or injured in the mission, he said.

WNU Editor: Reading the reports on this raid the line that got my attention was from the Guardian .... Pentagon spokesman tells Guardian: ‘No one’s going to Gitmo’. It appears that the U.S. no longer has a "we take prisoners" policy.

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