French terrorist Kassim hit

1486832640157417100WASHINGTON: French terrorist Kassim hit

WASHINGTON: French terrorist Rachid Kassim, suspected of inspiring several attacks in France, was targeted in a coalition airstrike near the Iraqi city of Mosul, but his death is not yet confirmed, the Pentagon said Friday.
Earlier in the day, several French media reports had reported Kassim’s death.
“We can confirm that coalition forces targeted Rachid Kassim, a senior Daesh operative, near Mosul in a strike in the past 72 hours,” said Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway.
“We are currently assessing the results of that strike and will provide more information when it becomes available.”
In Paris, a high-ranking official involved in counterterror operations told AFP on condition of anonymity there was not “absolute confirmation” of his death, but that the probability was high.

Kassim, who is in his 30s, is believed to have inspired an attack last year in which a senior French policeman and his partner were knifed to death and another in which an elderly priest’s throat was cut.
He is suspected of using the encrypted Telegram app to direct attacks on France from Daesh-controlled territory in Iraq or Syria. Originally from Roanne in the Loire Valley, Kassim is suspected of guiding the attacks in France from Syria and has launched on the Internet numerous murderous appeals.
Dressed in fatigues with a turban on his head, the black-bearded Kassim was seen in July in a Daesh propaganda video in which he praised the attacker in the Nice truck massacre that killed 86 people on the July 14 Bastille Day holiday.

source AFP

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