The Morning Dispatch: ISIS Leader Dead, U.S. Says

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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • President Joe Biden announced yesterday the counterterrorism mission conducted in Syria Wednesday night was successful in killing Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, the top leader of ISIS. U.S. Special Operations opted for a special forces raid rather than an air strike to limit civilian casualties, but Biden claimed al-Qurayshi blew himself up, killing several members of his own family.

  • The New York Times reported Thursday that U.S. intelligence officials claim to have uncovered a Russian plan to use faked video footage to create a pretext for invading Ukraine. The officials did not provide the Times any evidence of the plan, but said they hope to spoil it by publicizing it.

  • Officials from the United Arab Emirates announced that its military intercepted three more drones entering its airspace on Wednesday, days after it intercepted a ballistic missile launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

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