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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