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Top Baghdadi Aide Killed in SpecOps Raid in Syria: CentCom | Military.com
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Top Baghdadi Aide Killed in SpecOps Raid in Syria: CentCom | Military.com

A top adviser to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi believed to have been involved in planning the New Year’s Eve terror attack in Istanbul was killed earlier this month in a rare U.S. special operations raid in Syria, U.S. Central Command said Friday.

“He was involved in plotting external terror” and in recruiting foreign fighters and preparing them for terrorism in their home countries, Air Force Col. John Thomas, a CentCom spokesman, said of Abdurrakhmon Uzbeki. “We’ve clearly linked him with the Istanbul attack” that killed 39 on New Year’s Eve at a nightclub.

In a phone briefing to the Pentagon, Thomas said that Uzbeki was a close associate of Baghdadi…

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