U.S.-Led Airstrike Takes Out Major ISIS Leader With Paris Attack Connection – American Military News

U.S.-Led Airstrike Takes Out Major ISIS Leader With Paris Attack Connection

Over the past several weeks, U.S.-lead coalition airstrikes have taken out 10 of ISIS’ top leaders, including one with a direct link to the ringleader of the Paris attacks.

His name is Charaffe al Mouadan, a Syrian ISIS fighter and close friend of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who planned the attacks in Paris. He was killed in an airstrike on Christmas Eve.

The other 9 had a wide range of responsibilities, from planning attacks in the west, to overseeing finances, to running hacking operations.

Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for the coalition had this to say:

“I think any organization that sees its middle and upper management degraded in this way is going to lose some of their synergy. It’s difficult to command and control an organization without the command and control personnel.”

While this is a major step, Warren said:

“We have not severed the head of this snake yet, and it has still got has fangs. There’s much more fighting to do.”

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From CNN:

(CNN)The U.S.-led coalition killed multiple figures within ISIS senior leadership over the last few weeks, including an operative closely linked to the ringleader of the November attacks in Paris, the spokesman for the coalition said Tuesday.

Col. Steve Warren said 10 senior ISIS leaders operating in both Iraq and Syria, “including several external attack planners,” with designs on attacking western targets, had been killed in airstrikes.

Charaffe al Mouadan, a Syrian-based member of ISIS with a “direct link” to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian-born ringleader of the terror attacks in Paris, was killed in a December 24 airstrike, and was “actively planning additional attacks against the West,” Warren said.

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