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Israeli Airstrikes Kill 15 in Damascus; U.S. Says It Killed ISIS Leader in Syria Raid

HeadlineFeb 20, 2023

In Syria, at least 15 people were killed and a number of homes were destroyed early Sunday as Israel launched airstrikes on the capital Damascus. The bombings leveled a 10-story building and left behind a massive crater in a district that’s home to senior Syrian government officials. It’s believed to be Israel’s deadliest attack on Syria since the start of the civil war nearly 12 years ago.

Elsewhere, the U.S. military’s Central Command — CENTCOM — says it killed ISIS leader Hamza al-Homsi during an assault in northeastern Syria on Thursday. Four U.S. soldiers were reportedly injured in the helicopter raid. The assault came as Syria’s government said 53 people were shot and killed by ISIS fighters after an ambush in Homs province last week.

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