WASHINGTON — The U.S. military says it has killed an Islamic State operative from Uzbekistan linked to the New Year’s Eve attack on an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people.
The operative, Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, is alleged to have been a “close associate” of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Central Command spokesman, Col. John Thomas, said Uzbeki was killed in a ground operation April 6 near Mayadan, in eastern Syria.
Thomas was speaking via teleconference to Pentagon reporters Friday.
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