Washington: An ISIS leader with direct links to the ‘mastermind’ behind the Paris terrorist attacks has been killed in a drone strike in Syria, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
Charaffe al Mouadan was killed in an U.S. airstrike on December 24, Baghdad-based US military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren confirmed on Monday.
Frenchman Al Mouadan has been linked to Paris attack ‘ringleader’ Abdelhamid Abaaoud, and was reportedly plotting additional attacks when he was killed.
Abaaoud, 28, was killed in a police raid in north Paris days after the coordinated shootings and bombings in the French capital on November 13.
‘He was a Syrian-based ISIL member with a direct link to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Paris attacks cell leader,’ Warren said, adding that he ‘was actively planning additional attacks against the West.’
The news comes just one day after it was announced that Iraqi troops had retaken the key city of Ramadi from ISIS, the latest in a number of losses in Syria and Iraq for the jihadists..
ISIS has recently lost control of Baiji, Sinjar and now Ramadi – all in Iraq – as well as a key dam on the Euphrates in Syria.
Recapturing Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, was one of the most significant victories for Iraq’s armed forces since ISIS swept across a third of the country in 2014.