U.S. military kills senior ISIS leader responsible for planning European attacks

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U.S. military kills senior ISIS leader responsible for planning European attacks

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The U.S. military killed a senior ISIS leader in Syria who was responsible for planning the terror group’s attacks into Europe, according to Central Command.

Khalid ‘Aydd Ahmad al-Jabouri, whom CENTCOM described as being “responsible for planning ISIS attacks into Europe and developed the leadership structure for ISIS,” was killed in the “unilateral strike” on Monday.

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“ISIS continues to represent a threat to the region and beyond,” General Michael “Erik” Kurilla said in a statement. “Though degraded, the group remains able to conduct operations within the region with a desire to strike beyond the Middle East.”

Al-Jabouri’s death will “temporarily disrupt the organization’s ability to plot external attacks,” CENTCOM added.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, said on Monday that one person was killed in a drone strike, which fits with CENTCOM reporting that there were no civilian casualties in the strike.

Al-Jabouri was targeted and killed near his home while he was walking and talking on the phone, SOHR reported.

The White Helmets organization tweeted that a man was killed by the strike on the outskirts of the town of Kili, in Idlib province.

“Our teams responded and took the injured person to Bab Al-Hawa Hospital, where he died,” it added.

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CENTCOM has conducted dozes of strikes and operations in Syria to degrade ISIS’s ability to plan and execute attacks against U.S. forces and interests.They conducted an operation on Feb. 16 that resulted in the death of another “senior leader” Hamza al-Homsi, while four U.S. service members and a work dog were injured in an explosion during the mission.

Kurilla has maintained in statements and testimony in recent months that while these missions continue to degrade ISIS’s ability, the ideology “remains uncontained and unconstrained.”

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