US lawmakers praise ISIS raid, seek long-term strategy

May 17, 2015 21:29


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WASHINGTON - American lawmakers praised a US raid that killed an Islamic State leader in Syria, but it was not clear whether such risky special operations represented a new approach in the fight against the militant group.

US Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives intelligence committee, called the raid on Saturday that killed Abu Sayyaf "a striking and risky success" in the heart of Islamic State territory.

He said US authorities would have to weigh the dangers of such raids, such as civilian casualties or the capture or killing of American special forces, against the potential intelligence value.

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