The headline was a statement. Presenting as a statement of fact. This is not a fact. In fact the “unilateral” helicopter raid leading to the “probable death” of the target hardly appears factual. Rather it come off as speculative.
The “unilateral” helicopter raid led to the “probable death” of the target, with two other armed individuals killed in the course of the operation on the morning of April 17, the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement.
No U.S. troops were injured, nor any helicopters damaged in the operation, and no civilians were harmed, CENTCOM said.
So speculative, in fact, the death is only believed to have occurred. And since it was one lone helicopter that undertook the raid we simply can’t verify anything.
US. military officials believe that a senior leader of the Islamic State group was likely killed during a helicopter raid on Monday in northern Syria, according to Central Command, or CENTCOM.
The raid resulted in the “probable death” of the ISIS leader, described as an operational planner in charge of planning attacks in the Middle East and Europe, a CENTCOM news release says. Two other armed people were killed during the operation.
So far, U.S. military officials have not released the name of the ISIS leader believed killed in Monday’s raid.
One thing we can be sure of from the report? We can’t be sure of any of it!
Probable. Believed. Likely. Too many qualifiers for my comfort!