Update Post: November 28, 2023 10:44 pm
Date: September 26, 2023 Time: 10:12:17
Abu Khalil al-Fadyani was described as “having ties to the entire ISIS network in the region,” US Central Command said in a statement. His capture raises the possibility that the United States could capture other members of the group during counterterrorism operations, said command spokesman Lt. Col. Troy Garlock.
The United States has about 900 troops in Syria, focused on countering the remnants of the Islamic State group, which controlled large swaths of the country until 2019, the Associated Press reports.
News of the capture came as US-backed Kurdish forces imposed a curfew following continued skirmishes with rival Arab militias. The Syrian Democratic Forces on Monday imposed a curfew in several cities in Deir ez-Zor province, including Ziban, near the Iraqi border where the Americans are based, media reports said. Hundreds of US military personnel have been stationed there since 2015. This oil-rich province is home to Syria’s largest oil fields.