Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Report: ISIS leader linked to Paris attacks 'mastermind' killed in Syria

Charaffe al Mouadan
(Daily Mail) 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 today.

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.