U.S. Says Those With Paris Links Among 10 Killed by CoalitionGregory Viscusi
At least one militant linked to last month’s Paris terror attacks was among 10 Islamic State leaders killed in recent air strikes, the U.S. military said Tuesday.
U.S. Colonel Steve Warren, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, said Charaffe al Mouadan was killed Dec. 24, and that he had a “direct link” to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the ringleader of the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 people in Paris.
“Al Mouadan was actively planning additional attacks against the West,” Warren said in a video briefing from Baghdad.
Reports in French newspapers, including Le Parisien, said survivors of the attack at the Bataclan concert hall told police they heard the three killers refer to al Mouadan using another of his names, Abu Souleymane.
Warren wouldn’t say if French planes were involved in the strikes, and no one at the French military in Paris was immediately available for comment.