US forces kill Isis militant linked to Istanbul nightclub attack

The United States has disclosed a secret military ground operation in Syria that killed an Isis operative seen as a close associate of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and linked to an attack on a Turkish nightclub that left 39 people dead.

Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, who was believed to be from Uzbekistan, was killed during the ground assault near Mayadin on 6 April, said Colonel John Thomas, a spokesman for the US military’s Central Command.

“It was a ground operation. I think that’s all we’re willing to say about that,” Cnl Thomas said, declining further comment. He specified that Uzbeki did not die in an airstrike.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    These quasi police operations where they take out the one guy who’s already committed a violent act, are silly. Waiting for them to kill people is silly. The French government for instance knows about thousands of these people wandering around France today. Round them up, deport them, shoot them, dump them in the ocean, whatever. This is a war.

  • Gary

    Just 1.2 billion to go.