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ISIS financial figure Abu Sayyaf, killed in U.S. raid

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Originally published on 17 May, 2015

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U.S. troops have killed Abu Sayyaf, whose role in the ISIS organization was akin to CFO. Abu Sayyaf, originally from Tunisia, oversaw ISIS’s black-market oil and gas operations which funded the terrorist network.

Two dozen U.S. Army Delta Force soldiers arrived in Deir Ezzor, Syria in Blackhawk helicopters and V-22 aircraft, late Friday night. The Delta Force fighters engaged in gunfire with ISIS fighters defending the outside of the building.

After blowing a hole in the side of the multistory building, U.S. soldiers entered through the opening. Inside the building, they encountered ISIS fighters using women and children as human shields.

U.S. troops managed to kill the ISIS militants, including Abu Sayyaf, without causing injury to the women or children.

The U.S. seized communication devices during the raid may provide valuable information about how ISIS operates. There is reason to believe that Abu Sayyaf may have been in contact with top ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Abu Sayyaf’s wife, Umm Sayyaf, was captured alive during the raid and flown to Iraq for questioning.

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