The Biden administration said Thursday that U.S. special operation forces killed the leader of the Islamic State militant group during a counterterrorism mission overnight in Syria.

What happened: Thirteen people were killed in the U.S. raid in northwestern Syria, per The Washington Post.

  • Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, who became the leader of ISIS in October 2019, was killed in the attack, per The Associated Press.
  • 13 people died in the explosion — including six children and four women.
  • No U.S. casualties were reported.
  • A helicopter from the U.S. was also destroyed in the attack due to a mechanical malfunction, according to ABC News.

What he said: “Last night at my direction, U.S. military forces in northwest Syria successfully undertook a counterterrorism operation to protect the American people and our allies, and make the world a safer place,” Biden said, according to The Washington Post.

  • “Thanks to the skill and bravery of our Armed Forces, we have taken off the battlefield Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi — the leader of ISIS. All Americans have returned safely from the operation,” Biden added.

Why it matters: “The operation came as IS has been trying for a resurgence, with a series of attacks in the region, including a 10-day assault late last month to seize a prison,” per The Associated Press.