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IS trio killed in Syria 'included pair linked to Paris attacks'

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter speaks to troops. (AP)
US Defence Secretary Ash Carter speaks to troops. (AP)

Defence Secretary Ash Carter says the United States has killed three key leaders of the Islamic State group in Syria.

Among the dead were two militants believed to be tied to the November 2015 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.

Mr Carter announced the killings during an address to US airmen at a military base in Italy.

Mr Carter's spokesman, Peter Cook, said later that the three were killed in an airstrike on December 4 in Raqqa.

Mr Cook said the two involved in the Paris attacks, Salah Gourmat and Sammy Djedou, were close associates of Islamic State external operations leader Abu Mohammed al-Adnani - who was killed in August.

He said the third person, Walid Hamman, had been convicted in absentia in Belgium for a disrupted 2015 planned attack.


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