Army Colonel Steve Warren told the media in a press briefing today that coalition forces have killed as many as ten ISIS leaders this month, including one who may have been a ring-leader in the Paris attacks.
Charaffe al Mouadan, one of the highlighted targets of the air-campaign, had a direct link to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the man who was responsible for the attacks in Paris and who was later killed during a police raid on November 18. According to the Department of Defense, Mouadan was killed on December 24 by an airstrike in Syria.
Al Mouadan was actively planning attacks against the west. We will hunt ISIL leaders working to inspire attacks against US and our allies.— COL Steve Warren (@OIRSpox) December 29, 2015
"We are striking at the head of the snake... we haven't severed the head of the snake, and it's still got fangs," Warren reiterated.
IED manufacturers, financiers, and computer systems engineers are just a few of the titles that each of the men killed held in the ranks of ISIS.
"We will continue to hunt ISIL leaders who are working to recruit, plan, and inspire attacks against the United States of America and our allies," Warren said.