The AMERICAN forces in Syria have killed a top Islamic State operative who played a key role in the New Year’s Eve attack on an Istanbul nightclub, the Pentagon said on Friday.
Abdurakhmon Uzbeki was a “colleague” of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the ISIS terror network.
“Confirmed: the death of a senior #ISIS terrorist & #Baghdadi link via the AMERICAN military operation in the near Mayadin, #Syria. We come to you anywhere,” Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to counter ISIS, said on Twitter.
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The central Command spokesman, Col. John Thomas, said Uzbeki was killed in a ground operation on 6 April.
Thomas said Uzbeki helped ISIS to move foreign fighters and funds, and played a major role in the plotting of terrorist attacks.
Thomas did not provide details on Uzbeki role in the Istanbul attack, a gunman opened fire in a busy nightclub. Dozens of people were injured.
Turkish authorities arrested as the suspected shooter, an Uzbek national, in Istanbul a week later.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.