• US: Operative linked to Istanbul bombing has been killed

    By: MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. military says it has killed an Islamic State operative from Uzbekistan linked to the New Year's Eve attack on an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people.

    The operative, Abdurakhmon Uzbeki (abdoo-rakman ooz-beki), is alleged to have been a "close associate" of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (ah-boo oh-mar ahl bahg-dahd-ee).

    Central Command spokesman, Col. John Thomas, said Uzbeki was killed in a ground operation April 6 near Mayadan, in eastern Syria.

    Thomas said Uzbeki helped IS move foreign fighters and funds, and played a key role in plotting terror attacks. Thomas didn't provide details on Uzbeki's role in the Istanbul attack, in which a gunman opened fire inside a crowded nightclub. Dozens of people were wounded.

    Thomas was speaking via teleconference to Pentagon reporters Friday.

    Next Up:

  • Headline Goes Here

    US: Operative linked to Istanbul bombing has been killed

  • Headline Goes Here

    Cosby talk of quaaludes aired in court ahead of drug expert

  • Headline Goes Here

    Convicted ex-high school athlete wants off sex offender list

  • Headline Goes Here

    Russia joins bid to win compensation over US metals tariffs

  • Headline Goes Here

    P&G reports flat 3Q profit, buys Merck unit