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Isis figure linked to Paris attacks killed in Syria airstrikes, claims US

Published 29/12/2015

A man holding the flag of Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (Isis) walks across a hill in a propaganda video for the organisation (File photo)
A man holding the flag of Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (Isis) walks across a hill in a propaganda video for the organisation (File photo)

US-led coalition airstrikes have killed 10 Isis leaders this month, including one in Syria with direct ties to the Paris attacks mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

US Army Colonel Steve Warren said that a "Syria-based leader" of Isis was directly connected to Paris ringleader was killed on December 24.

He added that Charaffe al Mouadan was "actively planning attacks against the West".

"Over the past month we've killed 10 Isil [Isis] leadership figures with targeted air strikes, including several external attack planners, some of whom are linked to the Paris attacks," he said.

"We will hunt [Isis] leaders working to inspire attacks against US and our allies," Warren wrote online.

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"Any organisation that sees its middle and upper management degraded in such a way is going to lose some of its synergy,” the spokesman said. "We’re striking at the head of this snake," he added, but "we haven’t severed the head yet, and it still has fangs."

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, was killed in a police raid in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis last month.

Officials described him as the ringleader of the attacks which left 130 dead.

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