ISIS militant leader linked to Paris terror attacks killed in U.S. strike in Syria

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Charaffe al Mouadan allegedly had direct links to Abdelhamid Abaaoud (above), the Paris attacks cell leader. File photo

ARA News 

DUHOK – A leading member of the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group with “direct” links to the ringleader of the Paris terror attacks was reportedly killed in an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria.

The Pentagon confirmed on Tuesday the death of Charaffe al-Mouadan, a leading militant of ISIS, saying he was planning new terror attacks. 

Al-Mouadan had direct links to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the cell leader of Paris terror attacks –that killed 130 people and caused the injury of some 300 others on the evening of 13 November 2015. 

U.S. military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said in a statement on Tuesday that al-Mouadan had been killed in an airstrike on December 24.

“He was a Syrian-based ISIS member with a direct link to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Paris attacks cell leader,” Warren said.

Al-Mouadan “was actively planning additional attacks against the West”, according to the spokesman. 

Warren confirmed the death of a total of ten ISIS leaders in recent U.S.-led strikes in Syria and Iraq.

Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri

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