Abu Bakr al-Uzbeki Killed in US Strike
Islamic State Operative Killed in Syria
Abu Bakr al-Uzbeki, an operative of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS aka Daesh), was killed by U.S. forces during an operation targeting this member of ISIS on April 6. The confirmation comes Friday, April 21, from U.S. Central Command spokesman U.S. Air Force Col. John J. Thomas.
Speaking by telephone from Centcom headquarters in Tampa, Florida, Thomas said Uzbeki was killed in the eastern Syria city of Mayadin about 27 miles east of Deir ez-Zor, apparently in a ground operation. Uzbeki was a close associate of the so-called caliph of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Uzbeki Planned Istanbul Nightclub Attack
“Uzbeki facilitated the movement of ISIS foreign terror fighters and funds,” the Centcom spokesman said, noting the deceased terrorists had played a key role in ISIS’s external terror-attack plotting. He also facilitated the high-profile attack on a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve that killed 39 civilians.
Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, also tweeted Friday:
“ISIS remains committed to taking advantage of failed and weakened states,” Thomas said, “and we continue to move against those terror plotters as we go forward.”
Photo: US Marines deploy artillery battery to Syria.