ISIL leaders involved in Paris attack killed in Syria

A coalition airstrike this month killed three top Islamic State leaders, including two terrorists involved in supporting the last year’s Paris attacks that killed 130 people, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.The men were killed in a “precision airstrike” conducted Dec. 4 in Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, a Pentagon statement said.The two involved in facilitating the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks were Salah Gourman and Sammy Djedou, the Pentagon said. The pair were close associates of Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, an Islamic State leader in charge of planning terror attacks around the world.The third Ieader killed in the strike, Walid Hamman, was a suicide attack planner convicted in absentia in Belgium for a terrorist plot disrupted in 2015, the Pentagon statement said.The coalition said the deaths of these terrorist leaders and others has been helped by intelligence gathered up as the Islamic State, also called ISIL or ISIS, has been pushed out of territory in Syria and Iraq.The Pentagon, for example, gathered a trove of intelligence when the militants were forced from the Syrian town of Manbij last summer.The town was a regional center for foreign fighters coming into Iraq and Syria and going abroad to commit acts of terrorism, the Pentagon said at the time.Since then, U.S.-backed rebel forces have captured more territory in Syria and are headed toward Raqqa.

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