WASHINGTON – A US commando raid in Syria last month that killed Abu Sayyaf, a senior Islamic State figure, produced a wealth of information about the jihadists’ finances and leadership, the New York Times reported Tuesday, citing US officials.
Material seized in the May 16 raid against Abu Sayyaf, believed to be the group’s top financier, already helped US forces track down
and bomb another ISIS leader in eastern Syria on May 31, unnamed officials told the Times.
An estimated four to seven terabytes of data was extracted from laptops, cell phones and other items recovered in the operation, the newspaper said. The information included insights into how the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, seeks to avoid being monitored by US-led coalition forces.