IS Official Linked to Istanbul Nightclub Attack Killed in Syria, US Says

Laura Christensen
April 22, 2017

Central Command spokesman, Col. John Thomas, said Uzbeki was killed in a ground operation April 6 near Mayadan, in eastern Syria.

Al Mayadin is southeast of Dayr Az Zawr in the Euphrates River Valley. Thomas said Uzbeki has been "clearly linked" to the plot and was a close associate of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. "I think that's all we're willing to say about that", Thomas said, declining further comment. "He facilitated the high-profile attack in Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve".

Turkish police officers block the road leading to the scene of an attack in Istanbul, early Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. He specified that Uzbeki did not die in an airstrike.

Masharipov fired on hundreds of revelers at the trendy Reina nightclub killing 39 people and injuring dozens of others before he fled the scene.

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"We have a campaign against leaders of ISIS and a campaign against the leaders of al-Qaeda", said Thomas.

At the time, Carter told the House Armed Services Committee that "in full coordination with the government of Iraq, we're deploying a specialized Expeditionary Targeting Force to assist Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and to put even more pressure" on ISIS.

Mr Thomas was quoted by ABC as saying that the U.S. has "a pretty good record of finding these folks and killing them".

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