ISIS dead in US Syria raid climbs to 32

ISIS dead in US Syria raid climbs to 32
This US Navy photo obtained on April 21, 2015 shows the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG) 60 as they sail in the US 5th Fleet area of operations on April 16, 2015 in the Gulf, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region.

BEIRUT - At least 32 Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) members, including four of its leaders, were killed in air strikes and a US special forces raid that targeted the group in eastern Syria, a group monitoring the Syrian war said on Sunday.

US officials said the raid killed a senior ISIS leader identified as a Tunisian who helped to manage its black-market sales of oil and gas to raise funds. A US official said that about a dozen fighters were killed in the raid.

British-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gathers its information from sources in the region.

The operation in the eastern Deir al-Zor province marked a departure from Washington's strategy of relying primarily on air strikes to target militants in the area.

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