The U.S.-led coalition killed 10 senior ISIS leaders in the last few weeks


Charaffe al Mouadan
Charaffe al Mouadan
The U.S.-led coalition killed multiple figures within ISIS senior leadership over the last few weeks, including an operative closely linked to the ringleader of the November attacks in Paris, the spokesman for the coalition said Tuesday.

Col. Steve Warren said 10 senior ISIS leaders operating in both Iraq and Syria, “including several external attack planners,” with designs on attacking western targets, had been killed in airstrikes.

Charaffe al Mouadan, a Syrian-based member of ISIS with a “direct link” to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian-born ringleader of the terror attacks in Paris, was killed in a December 24 airstrike, and was “actively planning additional attacks against the West,” Warren said.

Abaaoud was killed in a police raid in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis last month and had direct contacts, the coalition said, with al Mouadan before the attacks took place, which killed more than 120 people.

In addition to al Mouadan, nine other figures focused on everything from planning attacks on Western targets to overseeing ISIS finances to the organization’s hacking efforts were killed in airstrikes dating back to December 7.

“I think any organization that sees its middle and upper management degraded in this way is going to lose some of their synergy,” he said. “It’s difficult to command and control an organization without the command and control personnel.”

The coalition has also killed other senior ISIS figures in recent months, such Mohammed Emwazi, aka “Jihadi John,” and before that Abu Sayyaf, a senior figure in the group’s oil and petroleum operations.

Warren’s detailing of recent U.S. successes in taking out ISIS figures coincides with a stepped-up effort by the Obama administration to broadcast its wins in taking on ISIS to reassure the American public that it has an effective approach for combatting the terror group.

President Barack Obama held a meeting with his national security team at the Pentagon on December 14 and told them he wanted to see a better job of having the so-called “narrative” of the war on ISIS communicated to the American people, according to a senior defense official.

However, Warren acknowledged Tuesday that, “We have not severed the head of this snake yet, and it has still got has fangs. There’s much more fighting to do.”

And a source close to the investigation into the Paris attacks told CNN that contrary to the coalition depiction of al Mouadan as an ISIS leader, he was not suspected by French investigators of having a senior role in ISIS.

The source did say, however, that he was in touch with the Paris plotters days before the attack. The source said that investigators are still determining the role, if any, he played in the attacks.

The source said that one of the surviving concertgoers at the Bataclan music venue told investigators that one of the gunmen asked another of the attackers whether he was going to call an individual called “Souleymane” as the attack was ongoing.

The second attacker replied, “No,” and chided the other attacker, telling him to speak in Arabic rather than in French. Souleymane is one of the known aliases of al Mouadan.

El-Mouadan was a close associate of Samy Amimour, one of the Bataclan gunmen, according to the source, who said both were investigated in 2012 for suspected terrorist activity. According to Le Parisien newspaper, which on December 21 first reported details about the discussion of a call to Souleymane inside the Batclan, al Mouadan traveled from France to Syria in 2013.

In Syria itself on Saturday, rebel forces supported by the American-led coalition successfully recaptured Tishreen Dam in in the northwestern part of the country.

The hydroelectric dam along the banks of the Euphrates River had been under ISIS control since November 2012, and its seizure “denies an important logistics route” between the area which includes the key town of Manjib, and Raqaa, the de facto capital of ISIS’s self-declared caliphate, Warren said.

In addition, Iraqi security forces successfully routed ISIS from most of its stronghold in Ramadi in western Iraq over the last few days.

It was after ISIS wrested Ramadi from Iraqi control back in May that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Iraqi forces showed “no will to fight” in an interview with CNN at the time, as they retreated in defeat.

His comments stand in stark contrast to the Pentagon assessment of Iraqi military capabilities today.

While pockets of resistance still exist in and around Ramadi, Warren said the Iraqi Army’s “willingness to fight is pretty well displayed” through its securing of Ramadi in recent days.

He added that further gains by the Iraqis against ISIS were likely because they are “outfitted with modern American equipment, modern conventional training” and supported by coalition airstrikes.

Warren attributed past defeats of the Iraqi army in places like Ramadi and Mosul, a key Iraqi city where local forces essentially melted away in 2014, to it being an army trained for counterinsurgency and not prepared for the more conventional military challenge posed by ISIS.




27 responses to “The U.S.-led coalition killed 10 senior ISIS leaders in the last few weeks”

  1. These are important victories for the Iraqi military. Iranian affiliated shia militias did not play major rolls in the capture of Ramadi because of American involvement. There is renewed nationalism in Iraq as they try to get past the sectarian fighting.
    Or maybe some are just praying for peace to break out someday.

    1. Are you seriously giving the credit to Zionist USA? It did absolutely nothing against the ISIS it created for years until Russia stepped in. Zionist USA even lied and took credit for Russia strikes against ISIS.

      There will never be Peace in the Middle East. The reason is IsraHell.

      1. There will never be peace in the middle-east because of radical sunni and shiite that have been killing each other 1400+ years. The whole world is at war with radical Islam terror propped up by extremist countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia.End of story. Enjoy the holy war and work on fixing your muslim religion before you place the blame on everyone else. The rest of your comment is bovine excrement but Hind will love you long time every time you say “zionist”.

        1. Bovine excrement which you and your ilk bath in. You are one big bigot. The “killing each other 1400+ years” is what you and your ilk repeat to wash off your hands.

          The wars (read invasions) in the Middle East are the product of IsraHell, the USA and Europe. If you don’t realize that by now, you live in a deep, warm and cozy limbo. It’s all about oil. If there was no oil, it would be like Africa: nobody would care. Radical Islam is the scapegoat.

          ps – I am not Muslim

        2. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          What a brain washed tool..”There will never be peace in the middle-east because of radical sunni and shiite..”

          “The whole World is at War”… Bcause of Zionists multi-billionaires living all over the Western World and the power to censure the media.

          Greater Israel requires the breaking up of the existing Arab states into small states.

          1. Rudy1947 Avatar

            “the power to censure the media.”

            That’s funny. Ever use Google.

          2. Bla,bla, bla zionist, bla bla bla conspiracy theory, bla bla bla.

            I did look at your enemy of the western world website. At least wait till I get my tin-foil hat on. Very interesting pro-Iran dictator drivel. There is actually a pro-women pro-chador article that explains how there is no problem with women rights in Iran, and it is all to blame on USA and Israel. It is definitely your kind of BS news site. Please educate yourself on the true evil nature of Iran because that is what you support when you support Hezbullah and Assad.

          3. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            You sound like an exasperated maniac. I’m not pro-Iranian because i don’t side with your BS!! If you care so much about women rights in Iran why you never mention women rights in Saudi Arabia? I don’t care to nuke Iran because women wear tchadors.

            Yes, i blame Israel who vilified and demonized Mother Agnes around the West for reporting on Christians being massacred in Homs in 2011.

            “Treatment of Christians before March 2011

            Minority Rights Group International (MRG) indicates that Christians have been “widely tolerated” in Syria, and have been able to celebrate Christian holidays and attend separate classes for religious education (n.d.). According to France Télévisions, Christians in Syria have a [translation] “decent status” and hold positions in the government and in business (29 Feb. 2012). The US Congressional Research Service (CRS) similarly indicates that Christians have been “well represented” in President Assad’s government organizations (24 May 2012, 24), while Boston-based news source, GlobalPost, indicates that Christians work in “high-ranking government and military positions” (6 Feb. 2012).

          4. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Did your polls and Gov’t orgs protect your Christians?

          5. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Bla,bla, bla zionist, bla bla bla conspiracy theory, bla bla bla.

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    What Obama has finally noticed, is that American Information-to-public flow is so restricted and ‘secretive’ by the very nature of the American Political Mind, that conjecture rules the airways, and no-one believes much of what ANYONE in a ‘White-House’ feeds them any more, let alone what news-papers punt out. It is a serious problem … especially when it is well-noted that most NRA-Positive folks are infected with a belief that their own government is ‘out to get them’. Theories Run Rampant in a country which touts the ‘Free Speech’ lines, yet does not have the openness to tell the folks what’s actually happening even AFTER a successful moment – with full disclosure of almost anything coming along many years later.
    One can understand the need before an operation, which may cost lives, to say ‘We’re working on it.’ But when the job is done – BE OPEN with the verifiable details of a success, at least. It’s gotten so bad, that when they ARE open and honest, everyone looks around for a different explanation.
    Mind you, if the NRA-Positive folks are correct, they are all in big trouble. 😉

    1. There is certainly an “awakening” happening in the USA but the majority is still brainwashed and docilely swallows whatever their TV feeds them.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        That’s because they have to try and work every day. Somebody has to for survival. They don’t have time usually to do more than assume the guys they put in the ‘High Position’ are really looking after their interests. It’s a human condition. The TV Adverts are not that great.
        Basic problem, with more and more people, is that the ‘Tops’ understand that, and know what they can get away with.

      2. Hind Abyad Avatar

        ‘Israel and its lobby lose the Iran Deal all over again, in news of damning wiretapsUS Politics’
        (Israel spied enough on a ‘friend’)

        1. The deal is crap anyways, let it die. Iran’s economic survival hinges on this deal, not the west. Continue sanctions indefinitely.

          1. Hind Abyad Avatar

            You’re full of crap. Israel- US- Saudi allies- ISIS- what’s the difference. Get lost

          2. I have seen several videos of fanatical shiits chopping heads and other cruelty. But your denial and hate will keep you from seeing anything but bad sunni. Lets just call it radical muslims in general. Have you ever seen the shiite ashura practice cutting their heads to let blood run everywhere? Truly barbaric.

          3. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            In June 2014, Oren at an Aspen Institute conference.
            “From Israel’s perspective, if there’s got to be an evil that’s got to prevail, let the Sunni evil prevail,”

          4. “Iran’s economic survival hinges on this deal, not the west.”

            I hope you realize how dumb you sound.

          5. Iran’s mad mullahs already openly state that sanctions have hurt them badly. You are a fool if you think Iran’s economy is not suffering due to IRI policy and bad government management along with record corruption. Coupled with the Saudi oil flow issue (that has hurt all oil producing countries).
            But keep yourself in the dark if t is how you function best.

          6. I didn’t/don’t refute the fact that the sanctions hurt Iran. I misread thinking you said the sanctions were not imposed by the West.

          7. Sanctions were the key and they were working. Any relief of those sanctions will benefit Iran’s proxies far more.

        2. There is no more USA, it’s IsraHell’s State. Mind boggling.

          1. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            No country is sovereign anymore..How many US presidents killed by euhh.. lone wolfs lunatics. Oswald was killed by Ruby before he could speak.
            “President Kennedy pledged himself to what was the best for America and cared not how the greedy bankers of the Fed felt. JFK, like Lincoln in the 1860’s. dared to have the U. S. Treasury issue U. S. Dollars, not Federal Reserve notes, and placed them into circulation without paying interest to any bankers, just as spelled out in the U.S. CONSTITUTION.

          2. “Lone wolves” … killing America since 1913.

            ps – Happy New Year.

        3. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Considering all the ‘bad press’ that Obama got from day one, perhaps there’s some hope in the fact that ‘The People’ chose him TWICE. 😉
          All some glorious leaders can do is ‘try’ … Kennedy was liked a lot by the people too.

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