Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

US forces kill IS leader blamed for nightclub attack

US forces kill IS leader blamed for nightclub attack

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

Al Mayadin is southeast of Dayr Az Zawr in the Euphrates River Valley.

The spokesman described him as facilitating the movement of ISIS foreign terror fighters and funds.

Uzbeki was a close associate of Daesh leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and a key facilitator for Daesh's funds and foreign fighters, according to the U.S. military.

"We have a campaign against the leaders of ISIS", Thomas said.

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Thomas added that Uzbeki was killed in an operation aimed specifically at eliminating him.

Masharipov fired on hundreds of revelers at the trendy Reina nightclub killing 39 people and injuring dozens of others before he fled the scene. Colonel John Thomas stated the mission was a ground operation, but declined to comment further.

Thomas could not immediately say whether the raid was carried out by the Expeditionary Targeting Force of special operators, possibly including the Army's elite Delta Force, that was set up in 2015 by former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to hunt down and kill or capture top ISIS leaders in Iraq and Syria.

USA officials declined to explain how they linked Uzbeki to the nightclub attack, but they said he was a native of Uzbekistan.

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