A leader of Islamic State (ISIS) militants with links to the network of extremists who planned the deadly Paris attacks was among 10 people killed in recent U.S.-led strikes in Syria, according to new information released by the Pentagon.
Charaffe al Mouadan, a Syrian-based member of ISIS who had a direct link to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the alleged mastermind behind the Paris attacks, was killed on Dec. 24.
He is a Frenchman and reportedly fled to Syria in 2013 after being charged with terrorism related offenses in France.
U.S. Col. Steve Warren, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the name of the U.S. led airstrike operation again ISIS in Syria and Iraq, said Mouadan was actively planning attacks against the west and was specifically targeted.
"As long as ISIL external attack planners are operating, the U.S. Military will hunt them and kill them," Warren said.
Mouadan is believed to go by the nickname Souleymane, and according to French news outlets, he was suspected of being linked to the Paris attacks when one of the assailants at the Bataclan concert hall was overheard mentioning his name. He is 27 years old and originally from the Drancy area of Saint Denis, Paris, according to Metro News France.
Mouadan was a French national and the son of two Moroccan parents. He is believed to have been childhood friends with Paris attacker Samy Amimour, according to Le Parisien.
He fled to Syria in 2013 after being charged the previous year in France, alongside Amimour, with "conspiracy to commit terrorism."
The men had planned to go to Yemen or Afghanistan at the time to join other jihadis, according to Le Parisien's report.