(Belga) Russia said on Thursday it “supported” Washington’s “counter-terrorism” efforts, after the United States announced that the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Ibrahim al-Hachimi al-Qurachi, had was killed during an operation of their special forces in Syria.
“We support the efforts of other states, including members of the international coalition led by the United States, in the field of counterterrorism,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Russia is “ready to cooperate with all interested countries to put in place an effective common fight against this common threat”, underlines the press release. US special forces were helicoptered Thursday near camps for displaced people in the locality of Atme, a region of the province of Idleb in northwestern Syria, launching the assault against al-Qurachi before he set off a bomb that killed him and members of his family including women and children, according to a White House official. Russia, which has been intervening militarily in Syria since 2015 in support of Bashar al-Assad’s forces and against the jihadists, insists on the “need to eliminate this stronghold of bandits and fighters in Idleb as soon as possible”, according to the press release. . Russian diplomacy, however, called on countries participating in anti-terrorist operations to “choose (their) targets more carefully”. “If the reports of civilian casualties of this act of the Americans are confirmed, it should probably be the subject of a meticulous investigation,” the statement added. (Belga)