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US forces kill IS leader blamed for Istanbul nightclub attack

The New Years attack on an Istanbul nightclub had left 39 dead

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Medics and security officials work at the scene after an attack at a popular nightclub in Istanbul
Medics and security officials work at the scene after an attack at a popular nightclub in Istanbul. (AP)

US forces operating in Syria have killed a senior member of the group blamed for an attack on a nightclub that left 39 dead, officials said on Friday.

"We will reach you anywhere," Brett McGurk, the US diplomat who coordinates the coalition fighting the jihadist group in Iraq and Syria, said in a tweet confirming the death.


Officials identified the slain militant as Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, and described him as a close associate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State's self-declared "caliphate."

They said he helped coordinate the movement and funding of foreign fighter cells, and was behind the January 1 gun attack on revellers at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul.

He said to have been killed on April 6 in Mayadin, a town on the Euphrates river near Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria, in an area that regularly targeted by coalition air strikes.

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