Rachid Kassim hit by drone according to reports of 'DNA' confirmation
France's most wanted man, who was behind numerous attacks on the country, was killed during a drone strike in Iraq, according to media reports on Wednesday.
Terrorist Rachid Kassim was allegedly killed by US secret services who moved in and carried out a DNA test, French media states.
The Pentagon revealed last Friday that Kassim was targeted in a coalition air strike near the Iraqi city of Mosul.
Several French media outlets had reported Kassim's death, but authorities in France and the US have kept quiet.
Terrorist Rachid Kassim was behind a number of attacks on French soil
ISIS jihadis have attacked France after directions from terrorist Rachid Kassim
We can confirm that coalition forces targeted Rashid Kassim, a senior ISIS operative, near Mosul in a strike in the past 72 hours
Adrian JT Rankine-Galloway
Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway said on Friday: "We can confirm that coalition forces targeted Rashid Kassim, a senior ISIS operative, near Mosul in a strike in the past 72 hours.
"We are currently assessing the results of that strike and will provide more information when it becomes available."
A high-ranking official involved in counter-terror operations told AFP there was not "absolute confirmation" of his death, but that the probability was high.
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Kassim, in his 30s, is believed to have inspired the attack last year in which a senior French policeman and his partner were knifed to death.
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He is also believed to be behind the brutal murder of Father Jacques Hamel, 86, in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray
The murder took place in front of a church congregation by two ISIS-inspired teens.
Depraved Kassim is alleged to have directed attacks on France from ISIS-controlled territory in Iraq or Syria using Telegram.
Dressed in fatigues with a turban on his head, the black-bearded Kassim was seen in July in an ISIS propaganda video in which he praised the attacker in the Nice truck massacre that killed 86 people.
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The drone strike smashed the city of Mousl, The Pentagon said
Originally from Roanne in the Loire Valley, Kassim became the most wanted man for French authorities
US-backed Iraqi forces are currently battling to take back the remaining western districts of Mosul, after smashing into the city from the east.
France, which is taking part in the US-led, anti-ISIS coalition in Iraq and Syria, has been the target of a series of jihadist attacks since 2015 that left 238 people dead.
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