- Uzbeki is believed to have facilitated a nightclub attack in Istanbul
- Special Operations ground units conducted the operation
Troops killed ISIS facilitator
Abdurakhmon Uzbeki on April 6, according to Col. John Thomas, chief spokesman for US Central Command.
"He was known to interact with him in various ways over time," Thomas said about Uzbeki's relationship with al-Baghdadi.
Uzbeki is believed to have facilitated the New Year's attack
on a nightclub in Istanbul that killed 39.
"He was involved in plotting external terror plots," Thomas said. "We've clearly linked him with the Istanbul" attack
The ground operation was conducted by US Special Operations forces near Mayadin, Syria
, according to a defense official who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the operation. Mayadin is located in Deir Ezzor province in eastern Syria.
It's a rare use of US Special Operations ground units for combat inside Syria.
A longstanding expeditionary targeting force
made up of Special Operations troops has been tasked with these types of missions.