Charaffe al Mouadan, the ISIS leader who worked with the ringleader behind the Paris terror attacks died on December 24 in a coalition air strike.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was killed in a police raid in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis last month, had direct contacts, the coalition says, with al Mouadan before the attacks took place, which killed more than 120 people.
The coalition identified al Mouadan, 27, as an ISIS leader and one of 10 high-value targets killed by coalition forces in the past month.
Mouadan is one of 10 ISIS leaders that have been killed in coalition-run airstrikes in the last month. These successes come as the Iraqi government announced that with the help of coalition bombing raids, they have been able to re-take the city of Ramadi from ISIS.
Members of the Iraqi military raised their flag on top of a government compound in the middle of the city in what has been described as a “significant accomplishment” in the fight against the international terrorist group.
Coalition spokesman Col. Steve Warren told CNN:
“The clearance of the government center is a significant accomplishment and is the result of many months of hard work by the Iraqi Army, the Counter Terrorism Service, the Iraqi Air Force, local and federal police and tribal fighters.”
These successes come as Republican Party presidential candidates continue to insist that President Obama has not taken the fight to ISIS, a claim that minimizes the ongoing work of American military assets – especially fighter pilots – who have been bombing ISIS targets for over a year.
Obama has said that the struggle against ISIS will not be an overnight success, and that putting Americans in harm’s way with boots on the ground – as many of the leading GOP presidential candidates have pushed for – is not the way forward. Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley have also rejected the Republican position, which would lead to hundreds or thousands more Americans losing their lives in the Middle East.
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