The U.S. military conducted a “successful” strike into Syria on Sunday to kill a suspected al Qaeda facilitator, a U.S. official said Monday. Four helicopters crossed the Iraq border, and two landed.
The American official, who would not be identified but has access to U.S. intelligence, identified the intended target of the attack as “Abu Ghadiya,” an Iraqi whose family he said has been active in smuggling money, weapons and foreign fighters across the Syrian border into Iraq.
The official, who asked to remain anonymous because of the classified nature of the operation, also confirmed that U.S. helicopters and military special operations forces carried out the attack.
Syrian officials lashed out at Washington on Monday for a “sheer violation of international law,” saying the U.S. attack killed eight people and wounded one.