(The Telegraph newspaper) U.S special forces carried out a secret raid in eastern Syria on Sunday, killing a number of fighters from ISIS.
Commandos parachuted down from four Apache helicopters around 2.30pm on Sunday, according to local activists.
They set up roadblocks around the town of al-Kubar, between the Isil-held cities of Deir Ezzor and the group’s de facto capital Raqqa.
At least 25 terrorists were killed in the two-hour operation, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.
Some of the captives, and the bodies of those killed, were flown out of the country.
It is not yet clear what their target was, but some local activists suggested the raid may have been a hostage rescue attempt.
“Our information is that it was to rescue hostages, and that one of the Daesh (Isil) leaders went without force, so we believe that the arrests of members by coalition came by accident,” an activist with the anti-ISIS Sound and Picture organisation told The Telegraph.
“There is an important secret prison in the area. And we think there were westerners in it, but we don’t have names because ISIS put the area under siege after the landing.”