U.S. Soeial Forces conducted an assault operation in Northern Somalia killing Bilal-al-Sudani, a top ISIS operative along with other members of his organization.
"The U.S. military conducted an assault operation in northern Somalia that resulted in the death of a number of ISIS members, including Bilal-al-Sudani, an ISIS leader in Somalia and a key facilitator for ISIS’s global network," a U.S., Department of Defense release said
Al-Sudani was responsible for fostering the growing presence of ISIS in Africa and for funding the group’s operations worldwide, including in Afghanistan, it added.
Sudanese publiction, Hiiran added:
The raid took place in a remote mountainous cave complex in the Puntland region of northern Somalia, months after U.S. spy networks detected al-Sudani’s hidden headquarters and monitored the location.
U.S. special forces prepared a mock-up of the cave complex and practiced in it for months before executing the mission.
Special Operations troops had been prepared to capture al-Sudani but that the response from his associates when American troops arrived at their cave complex “resulted in his death.”
Al-Sudani's speciality was his ability to receive and distribute illicit funds — as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars at any given time — to far-flung Islamic State affiliates on at least three continents through a network of clandestine contacts he built over more than a decade.