Delta Force claims first ISIS ‘high-value target” raid was success

U.S. Special Forces members provide security while Iraqi Special Operation Forces led U.S. Special Forces conduct a night raid, Sept. 29, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brett Cote

A suspected ISIS operative was captured by a Delta Force-led task force in Northern Iraq.

According to CNN‘s Barbara Starr, the mission was carried out by a Delta Force- led expeditionary “kill team” sent to Iraq to conduct raids against ISIS- with orders to kill or capture suspects.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter confirms that the task force has been assigned with the mission role, with emphasis on high-value targets (HVTs).

The suspect -who has yet to be identified- is currently being interrogated by US officials and will eventually be turned over to Iraqi authorities.

While the unit has been in Iraq for a few weeks now, they have only just begun raids as the first few weeks were spent planning, gathering intelligence, collecting informants and setting up safe houses. The newest capture marks the first individual successfully detained thus far.

More raids are set to occur, with the task force taking the new experience and intelligence to get the most out of the concentrated efforts.

A similar raid occurred in May of 2015, when Delta raided a compound in Syria, resulting in the death of high-level ISIS operative Abu Sayyaf and the capture of his wife.

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