WASHINGTON: Coalition forces carried out an airstrike in Iraq that killed a senior ISIS leader, the Pentagon said Tuesday, also confirming the death in Syria of a French extremist.
Abu Bakr al-Turkmani died Sept. 10 in a strike in Tal Afar in northern Iraq, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook told reporters.
"He was an ISIL administrative emir, he was part of Al-Qaeda in Iraq before joining ISIL and was a close associate to multiple ISIL senior leaders in Iraq," Cook said, using an alternative acronym for ISIS.
Cook also confirmed the death of French extremist David Drugeon, who died in an airstrike near Aleppo, Syria on July 5.
Drugeon was a member of a network of veteran Al-Qaeda operatives sometimes called the Khorasan Group, which plots attacks against the West, Cook said.
"As an explosives expert, he trained other extremists in Syria and sought to plan other attacks against Western targets," he added.
AFP reported Drugeon's death on Sept. 11.
He was born in 1989 and had converted to Islam aged 13 before drawing close to ultraconservative Salafist Muslims.