Bilal al Sudani, an ISIS leader in Somalia and a key functionary in the global network of the terror group, was killed in military operations of the United States in the African country, the Biden administration announced on Thursday. Along with him, 10 other ISIS fighters were also taken down by the Biden administration.

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Who is Bilal al Sudani?

Bilal Al Sudani was killed by the United States army in an “assault operation” upon the orders of President Joe Biden. He has been described as a leader of ISIS in Somalia and a “key facilitator for ISIS’s global network” in a statement released by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III.

“Al Sudani was responsible for fostering the growing presence of ISIS in Africa and for funding the group’s operations worldwide, including in Afghanistan.” the statement further states.

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The statement continues that “the action of killing al Sudani and the 10 ISIS fighters “leaves the United States and its partners safer and more secure, and it reflects our steadfast commitment to protecting Americans from the threat of terrorism at home and abroad. No civilians were harmed as a result of this operation. We are grateful to our extraordinary service members as well as our intelligence community and other interagency partners for their support to this successful counterterrorism operation.”

FOX News reported that the US Africa Command confirmed the success of the mission on Thursday.

It said: “Protecting civilians remains a vital part of the command’s operations to promote greater security for all Africans,”, adding that the mission was a product of “extraordinary coordination and careful planning across all elements of the U.S. government for many months.”