Delta Force and Navy SEALs have crippled the group’s ability to recruit foreign fighters and put pressure on the network responsible for striking Europe and Africa.
As the self-proclaimed Islamic State [Daesh] trumpets its global terrorist campaign, U.S. special operations forces have quietly killed more than three dozen key Daesh operatives blamed for plotting deadly attacks in Europe and beyond.
Defense officials tell The Daily Beast that U.S. special operators have killed 40 “external operations leaders, planners, and facilitators” blamed for instigating, plotting, or funding Daesh’s attacks from Brussels and Paris to Egypt and Africa.
That’s less than half the overall number of Daesh targets that special operators have taken off the battlefield, one official explained, including top leaders like purported Daesh second-in-command Haji Imam, killed in March.
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