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Pentagon says IS leader linked to Paris attacker killed

An Islamic State leader with “direct” links to the alleged ringleader of the Paris attacks was killed in an airstrike in Syria as he was plotting additional attacks, the Pentagon says.

Baghdad-based US military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren tells reporters that Charaffe al Mouadan had been killed on December 24.

“He was a Syrian-based ISIL member with a direct link to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Paris attacks cell leader,” Warren says, adding that he “was actively planning additional attacks against the West.”

AFP

This undated image taken from a jihadist website on Monday Nov. 16, 2015 shows Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind of the Paris terror attacks on November 13, smiling before dragging mutilated bodies behind his truck in Syria. (Jihadist video via AP)
This undated image taken from a jihadist website on Monday Nov. 16, 2015 shows Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind of the Paris terror attacks on November 13, smiling before dragging mutilated bodies behind his truck in Syria. (Jihadist video via AP)

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