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US Raid on Syrian Territory Not Coordinated With Assad's Government

US National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said the Syrian government “is not and cannot be a partner in the fight against ISIL."

Salafi cleric Mohammed al-Shalabi, 48, widely known as Abu Sayyaf, talks during an interview with the Associated Press at a furniture store, owned by the head of Abu Sayyaf's clan, in the city of Ma'an, Jordan - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Washington did not coordinate its anti-terrorist raid in eastern Syria with the government of Bashar Assad, a White House National Security Council spokeswoman said on Saturday.

The statement published by the White House earlier in the day said that the US special forces killed Abu Sayyaf, a senior commander at the Islamist State (ISIL) jihadist group, in a operation conducted with a prior consent of Iraqi authorities on Friday’s night.

"The U.S. government did not coordinate with the Syrian regime, nor did we advise them in advance of this operation," National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said as quoted by ITV.

She stressed that the Syrian government “is not and cannot be a partner in the fight against ISIL."

Children walk over rubble carrying a bag of bread after what activists said were airstrikes by warplanes loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Erbeen, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta May 15, 2015 - Sputnik International
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No US military personnel were killed or injured in the operation, authorized by US President Barack Obama.

According to the White House, Abu Sayyaf was a senior ISIL leader who was involved in the group’s military operations and also was overseeing militants' illicit oil and gas operations.

His wife, Umm, suspected of being involved in the ISIL terrorist activities, was captured by US forces.

The Islamic State extremist group has seized vast territories across Syria and Iraq, gaining notoriety for its brutal methods, including mass executions.

A US-led coalition of some 60 nations has been carrying out airstrikes against the Islamic State targets in Iraq since August 2014, and in Syria since September 2014, albeit without the approval of the Syrian government.

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