US Hypes ‘Treasure Trove’ of Intel From ISIS Raid

Claims Seized Documents More Valuable than Killing

Officials familiar with the situation in the wake of Saturday’s US raid on ISIS in Syria claim that they acquired a “treasure trove” of intelligence material during the operation, potentially more valuable an acquisition than the killing of Abu Sayyaf was.

Sayyaf’s killing was said to have been the goal of the ground offensive, with Pentagon officials claiming the heretofore barely mentioned ISIS figure was a “senior leader.”

Defense officials say they seized the documents after defeating Sayyaf’s bodyguards in hand-to-hand combat, and killing him. Officials said the operation was “not high risk.”

The documents they seized are said to include both some details on ISIS’ financial operations as well as their organizational structure, things which the US has been remarkably in the dark on recently.

Author: Jason Ditz

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