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US: Operative linked to Istanbul bombing has been killed

WASHINGTON – The U.S. army says that the killing of an Islamic State operative of Uzbekistan is linked to the New Year’s Eve attack on an Istanbul night club that killed 39 people.

The operative, Abdurakhmon Uzbeki (abdoo-rakman ooz-multimedia player tha), supposedly a “fellow” of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (ah-boo oh-mar ahl recommends-dahd-ee).

The central Command spokesman, Col. John Thomas, said Uzbeki was killed in a ground operation, April 6, in the vicinity of Mayadan, in the east of Syria.

Thomas said Uzbeki helped 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.

Thomas spoke via teleconference Pentagon reporters Friday.

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