French Militant Rachid Kassim ‘Killed in Mosul’

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Saturday, 11 February 2017

The Pentagon announced Friday that a US-led coalition strike in Iraq targeted Rachid Kassim, a Daesh (ISIL) operative tied to numerous terrorist plots in Europe.

"Coalition forces targeted Rachid Kassim, a senior Daesh operative, near Mosul in a strike in the past 72 hours," US Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway said.

The Pentagon said it is still assessing the results, but a senior US defense official told CNN that it was "likely successful."

The official added that the airstrike was carried out by a drone.

Kassim is a French citizen who has allegedly inspired terrorist attacks in France. He is considered one of the most dangerous of all Daesh operatives because he enabled a string of plots against France by communicating with Daesh sympathizers in France through encrypted messaging apps.

Kassim encouraged and guided plotters to launch attacks, even bringing together individuals who did not know each other to form attack cells. French intelligence agencies believe he was in touch with the attacker who killed a French police couple in northwestern France in June and the two plotters who killed a priest in Normandy in July.

More than half of the 17 foiled plots against France in 2016 were guided by Kassim, according to Jean-Charles Brisard, the director of the Paris-based Center for the Analysis of Terrorism.

"Kassim is the single most active French remote attack planner for Daesh, working to drive dozens of radicalized individuals in France to commit attacks," Brisard told CNN.

Social media reports seemed to indicate that Kassim was killed, Brisard said.

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