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Islamic State leaders killed in airstrikes

A Pentagon spokesperson said that Charaffe al-Mouadan was killed by airstrikes on December 24.

Smoke rises from Islamic State positions following a U.S.-led coalition airstrike as Iraqi Security forces advance their position in downtown Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Dec. 25, 2015.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, was killed in a police raid in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis last month. Some neighborhoods in Ramadi remain in Islamic State control, but Warren said the majority of the fighters have either been killed or run away.

A US-led coalition has killed 10 Islamic State leaders in the past month with targeted air strikes, including individuals linked to last month’s attacks in Paris, officials have revealed.

“Others had designs on further attacking the West”.

It was not immediately clear when he travelled to Syria, where he was known as Abu Souleymane, or what form his links to Abaaoud took. “We haven’t severed the head of the snake, and it’s still got fangs”.

Warren said the 10 ISIL leaders were mainly killed by drones in Iraq and Syria.

On Tuesday, the federal prosecutor’s office in Belgium announced that two people had been arrested on suspicion of planning attacks in Brussels during the holidays.

Among the killed radical Islamic terrorists was Abdul Qader Hakim, who had ties to the Paris attacks and was struck down in Mosul, Iraq, the day after Christmas.

■ Abdel Kader Hakim, another Islamic State external operations leader, killed in Mosul Dec. 26, Warren said. He was a veteran fighter and forgery specialist who had links to the Paris attack network, Warren said.

And a source close to the investigation into the Paris attacks told CNN that contrary to the coalition depiction of al Mouadan as an ISIS leader, he was not suspected by French investigators of having a senior role in ISIS.

The U.S. has stepped up airstrikes in both Iraq and Syria to support forces fighting ISIS.

A French national, Mouadan is suspected to have coordinated the attack at the Bataclan theater, according to the Belgian daily Le Soir.

Syria-based Bangladeshi Siful Haque Sujan was killed December 10 near Raqqah, Syria. So far, the Pentagon has not said when the special operations forces will deploy.

The development is one example of the Obama administration employing harsher tactics that can be viewed as “steps in the right direction”, Abrahms said, along with a more intense air campaign, arming the Kurds more aggressively and targeting oil infrastructure. Taher, killed December 7 near Raqqah, Syria, was a trusted ISIL member who assisted with command and control and handling and transferring money and equipment.

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