ISIL leader linked to Paris attacks 'mastermind' killed in Syria: Pentagon
WASHINGTON - Agence France-Presse
AA photoAn Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leader with "direct" links to the alleged ringleader of the Paris attacks was killed in an air strike in Syria as he was plotting additional attacks, the Pentagon said Dec. 29.
Baghdad-based US military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren told reporters that Charaffe al Mouadan had been killed on Dec. 24.
"He was a Syrian-based ISIL member with a direct link to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Paris attacks cell leader," Warren said, adding that he "was actively planning additional attacks against the West."